childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ˈchī(-ə)l(d)-ˌbərth \

Definition of childbirth 

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Tired of seeing flawless new mom moments on Instagram, one Florida mom decided to get real about childbirth—and life thereafter. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "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. Essence.com, "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, Philly.com, "ESPN 'Around the Horn' host Tony Reali pleads for migrant children following his own heartbreaking loss," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'childbirth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of childbirth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about childbirth

Share childbirth

Statistics for childbirth

Last Updated

15 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for childbirth

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for childbirth

childbirth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to children

childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ˈchīld-ˌbərth \

Kids Definition of childbirth

: the act or process of giving birth to a child

childbirth

noun
child·​birth | \ˈchīl(d)-ˌbərth \

Medical Definition of childbirth 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on childbirth

What made you want to look up childbirth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something that serves to warn or remind

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!