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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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 Unfortunately, there are also well documented racial disparities related to childbirth in the United States. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "Giving Birth Made Me Question the Informed Consent Process During Childbirth," 14 May 2018 Common complications related to childbirth include hemorrhaging, chronic issues like high blood pressure and drug overdoses. Julie Chang,, "Human error likely caused Texas' maternal mortality rate to appear high," 11 Apr. 2018 The 36-year-old American has spoken openly about a health scare during childbirth. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams vs. Evgeniya Rodina: Mom vs. Mom," 8 July 2018 Martucci's obstetrician-gynecologist, Ralph Anderson, who practices at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, New York, has helped more than 50 women ease pain during childbirth with VR. Meeri Kim,, "Virtual Reality Helps Patients Ease Stress And Pain," 12 June 2018 Experts also point to shifting attitudes about family life among Millennials, who are more inclined to delay childbirth. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Middle children are going extinct because Millennials don't want three children anymore," 13 July 2018 DiVa Vaginal Therapy is a laser treatment to combat changes down there that are caused by childbirth or menopause. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Vaginal Rejuvenation Is the Latest Cosmetic Trend to Hit Hollywood," 12 July 2018 The agency estimates that about 700 women in the country die each year of complications related to childbirth or pregnancy. Matthew Ormseth, Courant Community, "A Simsbury Woman Died From Strep Just Days After Giving Birth. Her Family Has Raised Over $250,000," 10 July 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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