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

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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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But as Americans have fewer babies, childbirth is increasingly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Los Angeles Times, "One more big push, then just say cheese!: High-end photographers enter delivery rooms," 16 Aug. 2019 It’s as close to the agony of childbirth a man can experience. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is watching Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock throw the football as painful as passing a kidney stone?," 1 Aug. 2019 Postpartum depression signs and symptoms The most common complication of childbirth, postpartum depression affects about one in nine women, according to Sage Therapeutics estimates. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "There's a new drug for postpartum depression, but wait till you see the price tag," 20 June 2019 Jaladoras would promise to cover the cost of childbirth in a hospital or to pay for medical care for other, older children. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 As frank as her recollections of childbirth are, Knightley is arguably even more open about how she has been treated by men as a woman and mother in her industry. Marci Robin, Allure, "Keira Knightley Pens Powerful Essay on the Realities of Childbirth and Sexism in Hollywood," 6 Oct. 2018 The numbers are particularly dire for for Black women, who are three times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy or childbirth. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Cory Booker Gets Real About Reproductive Justice," 20 June 2019 Nationally, black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than white women. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "7 takeaways from’s report on pregnancy and childbirth deaths in Alabama," 10 June 2019 In the lead up to childbirth, one of the sons, Amadeo, died. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "ESPN's Tony Reali delivered a powerful on-air reflection on losing his child," 18 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 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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