the act of producing or bringing forth children.


capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years.

Origin of childbearing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at child, bearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Pregnancy and parturition.
Related formschildbear′ing adj.
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