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

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 Thousands of Hoosier women exhibit mental health conditions after pregnancy or childbirth. IndyStar, 16 Nov. 2021 Two major risk factors for pelvic floor disorders include pregnancy and childbirth. Claire Sibonney, SELF, 29 Sep. 2021 Midwives are healthcare professionals—typically, but not always, nurses—trained to assist women during pregnancy and childbirth. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 His methods are surprisingly intrusive, as when the camera crew pushes close behind her to record the childbirth. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2021 The challenge feels especially apt for Turlington, who refers to the common metaphor of marathon-as-childbirth. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 3 Nov. 2021 This bears all the repeating: People who give birth are incredibly strong, and that strength transcends just the childbirth itself. SELF, 16 Oct. 2021 In 2009, for example, the U.N. Children’s Fund said Afghan women were confronted with a lifetime risk of death from childbirth of 1 in 8, the second-highest in the world. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Oct. 2021 Betsey, at 12 feet, is pregnant, signifying that Black women are more likely to die of complications from childbirth than White women, and referencing other health disparities. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of childbirth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Childbirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to children


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

Kids Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a child


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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