childbirth

noun

child·​birth ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio)
: 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 According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, any sort of anesthesia during childbirth or pain relief medications given to you after birth can slow your bowels. ​wendy Wisner, Parents, 1 July 2024 The condition happens when an artery is not properly formed before childbirth, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Brian Rokos, Orange County Register, 25 June 2024 Meghan Trainor channeled her experience with childbirth into a heated round of NBC’s Password. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 25 June 2024 Pregnancy may be welcomed and wonderful, but childbirth is also the great disruptor. Pat Beall, Orlando Sentinel, 23 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for childbirth 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of childbirth was in the 15th century

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“Childbirth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/childbirth. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

childbirth

noun
child·​birth ˈchīl(d)-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio)
: the act or process of giving birth to children

called also parturition

Medical Definition

childbirth

noun
child·​birth ˈchīl(d)-ˌbərth How to pronounce childbirth (audio)
: the act or process of giving birth to a baby : parturition

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