birth trauma

noun

Medical Definition of birth trauma

1 : physical injury (as cephalhematoma, facial paralysis, or clavicular fracture) sustained by an infant in the process of birth
2 : the psychic shock that according to some psychoanalytic theories occurs in an infant during birth

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“Birth trauma.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/birth%20trauma. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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