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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It's estimated that up to one in seven pregnant people will experience perinatal depression, depression that develops during pregnancy or after childbirth. Korin Miller, SELF, "How New Recommendations on Perinatal Depression Might Change Your Next Prenatal Appointment," 14 Feb. 2019 Another two make homeopathic remedies for health conditions—like recovery from surgery or childbirth or the flu—that are well treated with seaweed. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 In this study, childbirth was linked to lower breast cancer risk about 24 years after birth, and breast cancer risk was about 23 percent lower in women who had had children 35 years after birth. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What You Need to Know About the Study That Says Giving Birth Increases Your Breast Cancer Risk," 21 Dec. 2018 Knightley refers to her own body as a battleground earlier in the essay when describing in unapologetic detail her 2015 childbirth experience. Marci Robin, Allure, "Keira Knightley Pens Powerful Essay on the Realities of Childbirth and Sexism in Hollywood," 6 Oct. 2018 The couple was the main dramatic catalyst in the first season, as the episodes followed the unraveling of their family, Vivien's demonic childbirth, and their subsequent deaths in the house. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Classic "American Horror Story" Characters Are Coming Back for "Apocalypse"," 31 Aug. 2018 In fact, the US childbirth rate just reached a 30-year low in 2017, a trend that doesn’t appear to be slackening., "17 survival skills for modern adults," 7 July 2018 The nonprofit provides services such as prenatal screenings, mentoring for teen mothers, an emergency pantry for infants, childbirth classes and more. Krislyn Placide,, "Luncheon for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies recognizes “moments”," 21 June 2018 Multiple outlets say that the duchess is working with a doula, or a companion who provides emotional and physical assistance during childbirth. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle May Be Taking an Alternative Approach to Childbirth," 5 Feb. 2019

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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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