childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio) \

Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a baby : parturition

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Examples of childbirth in a Sentence

women who choose to undergo childbirth without the use of anesthetics and other drugs
Recent Examples on the Web Rohrig said a higher percentage of people die from donating a kidney or in childbirth. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "To speed a vaccine, thousands volunteer to be infected with the coronavirus. But that’s not happening. Yet.," 16 Nov. 2020 In her first official work of fiction since 2013's Americanah, Adichie delves into the many complications of childbirth. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her first piece of fiction since Americanah — read an excerpt," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent studies show that Black children are three times more likely than white children to die after surgery, and pregnant Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "A South Florida COVID-19 vaccine trial is recruiting minority participants. Will it be successful?," 6 Oct. 2020 Nationwide, Black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Black mothers face high death rates. Now they have to contend with climate change, too.," 4 Aug. 2020 His daughter, Julia, who had been married to Pompey, died in childbirth in 54 B.C. Alamy/ Aci, National Geographic, "Egypt's last pharaoh was the 'love child' of Caesar and Cleopatra," 15 Oct. 2020 The temazcal was likely used for medicinal purposes, rituals and childbirth, according to Mexico News Daily. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "14th-Century Steam Bath Found in Mexico City," 24 Jan. 2020 Singapore has struggled to reverse the trend since the 1980s, with public campaigns encouraging childbirth and a host of financial and tax incentives unable to stop its slump. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Singapore will pay citizens to have a baby during the pandemic," 6 Oct. 2020 Wicks, who was told that her recent childbirth did not qualify her as high-risk for the coronavirus, tweeted a photo holding her baby before debating legislation on a housing bill. NBC News, "California lawmaker who brought newborn for Assembly vote: Mothers, you are not alone," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of childbirth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2020

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“Childbirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/childbirth. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for childbirth

childbirth

noun
How to pronounce childbirth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to children

childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ ˈchīld-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio) \

Kids Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a child

childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ ˈchīl(d)-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio) \

Medical Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a baby : parturition

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