childbed

noun

child·​bed ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ˌbed How to pronounce childbed (audio)
: the condition of a woman in childbirth

Examples of childbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the violence of the childbed, women were then expected to perform domestic labor that was expressly gendered and acknowledged as backbreaking. Time, 20 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of childbed was in the 13th century

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“Childbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/childbed. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

childbed

noun
child·​bed -ˌbed How to pronounce childbed (audio)
: the condition of a woman in childbirth

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