birthing room

noun

: a comfortably furnished hospital room where both labor and delivery take place and in which the baby usually remains during the hospital stay

Examples of birthing room in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without an advocate in the birthing room, parents-to-be may be subjected to a lower standard of care based on misconceptions about Black bodies — the assumption that Black people have high blood pressure, for example. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 14 May 2023 Currently, the territory has just four birthing rooms at the hospital in Iqaluit and no dedicated pediatric beds — not nearly enough to serve the increasing number of pregnancies, and mothers who would much prefer to give birth close to home. Kelly Grant/the Globe and Mail (canada), San Francisco Chronicle, 15 May 2023 Getting doulas in the birthing rooms of Black parents-to-be means taking on financial and cultural battles, Collins said. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 14 May 2023 Jackson and host Violet Lucca discuss her reasons for sharing her birth story, the all too often dire experiences that black women have in the birthing room, and the multifarious sociocultural factors that prevent black women from receiving proper care even as awareness of these experiences grows. Naomi Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2020 Her clinic has three patient beds and a birthing room with a bare mattress, stirrups and a single IV pole. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 27 Feb. 2023 The modern human never seems to be far from a camera lens, even in the birthing room. Audrey Noble, Allure, 3 Jan. 2023 Another, still cluttered with filing cabinets, became a birthing room. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Outside my birthing room, there were meetings going on without me—my husband was conferencing with the doctors. ELLE, 5 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birthing room was in 1974

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“Birthing room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birthing%20room. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

birthing room

noun
: a comfortably furnished hospital room where both labor and delivery take place and in which the baby usually remains during the hospital stay
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