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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women who choose to undergo childbirth without the use of anesthetics and other drugs

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Women’s earnings drop significantly after childbirth, while men’s don’t. Rebecca Greenfield, The Seattle Times, "Breast pumping at work makes the gender pay gap worse," 15 Oct. 2018 The incidence of women dying before, during or shortly after childbirth in the District is more than twice the national average, according to Allen, the bill’s sponsor. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. Council sends public campaign finance bill to Bowser, setting up showdown," 6 Feb. 2018 Gonzalès died in childbirth at the age of just 34; only about 120 paintings and pastels are attributed to her. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Triumph of Women Artists," 21 Nov. 2018 For example, in an impoverished country with a high risk of infectious disease and death in childbirth, the few wealthy citizens can avoid these risks through expensive healthcare. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 Nov. 2018 Tired of seeing flawless new mom moments on Instagram, one Florida mom decided to get real about childbirth—and life thereafter. Blake Bakkila,, "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., "Serena Williams' Birthing Experience Highlights The Danger Of Being Black And Postpartum," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of childbirth

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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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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