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
Recent Examples on the Web Over the last two decades, the risk that an Afghan woman will die in childbirth has plummeted, while the life expectancy of an average Afghan woman has increased by almost 10 years. Richard Galant, CNN, "Joe Biden's audacious gambles," 18 Apr. 2021 Black Britons were more likely to be stopped and searched by police, die in childbirth and be excluded from schools, according to data from the think tank, while Black communities have also suffered disproportionally during the coronavirus pandemic. NBC News, "Report launched after George Floyd protests suggests U.K. isn't racist. Many disagree.," 1 Apr. 2021 Today, American women are 50 percent more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers were. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "'Our women are dying': Texas lawmakers urged to extend Medicaid to a year after birth for new mothers," 23 Mar. 2021 Ellee Cross died in childbirth when Irv was 10, leaving him to wonder whether the beatings had worsened his mother’s health problems. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Irv Cross, First Black Network TV Sports Analyst, Dies at 81," 1 Mar. 2021 Black and indigenous people in the United States are more than twice as likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth as white people. Essence, "We Didn’t Create the Black Maternal Health Crisis, But We Are Stepping Up To Solve It," 15 Apr. 2021 As a journalist, Allers reported on the state of pregnancy and childbirth in America. Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, STAT, "‘Who is going to protect me?’: Ratings app aims to remove bias from the birthing experiences of Black and brown mothers," 9 Apr. 2021 Based on that opinion alone — and without considering a report from a pediatric neurosurgeon who disagreed, saying the injury was probably the result of childbirth — CPS took emergency custody of the baby, records show. NBC News, "Texas lawmakers weigh changes to protect families wrongly accused of child abuse," 31 Mar. 2021 Biological fathers will have to pay for half of the out-of-pocket costs of pregnancy and childbirth under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Spencer Cox. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah governor signs bill requiring biological fathers to share the cost of pregnancy," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of childbirth

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Childbirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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