- the act of producing or bringing forth children.
Origin of childbearing
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Examples from the Web for child-bearing
From October 24: In the early 1980s, there were some 29 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age.Recognize Reality on Abortion
January 22, 2013
Societies that do the least to support mothers and child-bearing have more abortions.
As a general rule, societies that do the most to support mothers and child-bearing have the fewest abortions.
Counting in the child-bearing women, I reckon about twenty per cent.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
Cheese and a cake with a Device of Child-bearing and a promise of babies.
These signs all mean that her essential function is child-bearing.The Crown of Wild Olive
He cursed her in child-bearing or in barrenness, and he cursed her children after her to all generations.Moon of Israel
H. Rider Haggard
It all seems very dark to me, and the burden of child-bearing is not all the mother's.Yonder
Emily Hilda Young
- the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child
- (as modifier)of child-bearing age
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Word Origin and History for child-bearing
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Pregnancy and parturition.
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