child·​birth | \ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ˌbərth \

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

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Tired of seeing flawless new mom moments on Instagram, one Florida mom decided to get real about childbirth—and life thereafter. Blake Bakkila,, "This New Mom Posed in Her Underwear to Show the Reality of Her Post-Birth Body," 27 Apr. 2018 Lack of access to health care services during pregnancy can determine if a woman and her child live or die during or after childbirth. Kristin Rowe-finkbeiner, Time, "I Survived Hemorrhaging During Childbirth, But Some Women Don't," 1 May 2018 The study came after nearly two years of Texas garnering national and international scrutiny over the number of women dying from preventable childbirth complications. Marissa Evans, star-telegram, "More questions than answers in Texas maternal mortality study, lawmakers say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 14 Apr. 2018 In fact, Black women in the U.S. are more likely to die during and after childbirth., "Serena Williams' Birthing Experience Highlights The Danger Of Being Black And Postpartum," 10 Jan. 2018 Beyond that, obstetric training is understandably focused on life-threatening childbirth complications, like hemorrhage or infection. Laura Beil, Cosmopolitan, "Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why Aren't Doctors Diagnosing Them?," 18 July 2016 In the same way that most consider Frankenstein to be a story about a horrifying monster instead of a look at childbirth and the anxiety experienced while pregnant, the professor felt filmgoers were misled in the focus of Mary Shelley. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dissecting 'Mary Shelley': How Accurate Is the Biopic?," 31 May 2018 Talking about the duality of losing a child near childbirth and then delivering another healthy one is impossible. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "ESPN's Tony Reali delivered a powerful on-air reflection on losing his child," 18 June 2018 One of the sons, Amadeo, died in the moments leading up to childbirth. Rob Tornoe,, "ESPN 'Around the Horn' host Tony Reali pleads for migrant children following his own heartbreaking loss," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of childbirth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to children


child·​birth | \ˈchīld-ˌbərth \

Kids Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a child


child·​birth | \ˈchīl(d)-ˌbərth \

Medical Definition of childbirth 

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

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