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

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

Black women are two to six times more likely to die in childbirth compared with their white counterparts, regardless of educational level or income. Taina Mcfield, Essence, "My True Independence Day Hasn't Arrived Yet," 4 July 2019 Almost half of all childbirths in Uttar Pradesh in financial year 2016 did not take place at a health institution, while nearly all babies in Kerala were delivered under the care of professionals. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "What makes infant deaths five times as likely in Uttar Pradesh than in Kerala?," 26 June 2019 Your doctor may decide to give you a medication to temporarily increase your platelet levels before childbirth, the Merck Manual explains. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "What Even Causes ITP?," 21 June 2019 That’s what happened in Paress Salinas’s 2007 childbirth. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A shocking number of women are harassed, ignored, or mistreated during childbirth," 20 June 2019 Brought on by childbirth and characterized by anxiety, sadness, mood swings, or feeling overwhelmed, PPD affects 1 in 10 moms and the FDA recently approved the first drug designed specifically to treat it. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Supermodel Behati Prinsloo Opens Up About Suffering from Postpartum Depression," 20 June 2019 Continuing the topic of women and children, Letterman highlighted a statistic from the book that indicates childbirth is the single biggest killer of teenage girls. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Melinda Gates Tells David Letterman It's "Important That Women and People of Color Are Designing Our Future"," 15 June 2019 In 1909, Kemal’s first wife, Winifred Johnson, died in childbirth in England, leaving two children to be raised by her mother. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019 Similarly, Northam signed bills last week aimed at reducing the maternal mortality rate, then announced a sweeping effort to understand why black women are more than twice as likely to die during childbirth as white women. Washington Post, "‘A rare position’: Va. Gov. Ralph Northam could wind up with great power, months after almost resigning," 10 June 2019

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

Statistics for childbirth

Last Updated

12 Jul 2019

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



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

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).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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