- the circumstance or situation of a woman giving birth to a child; parturition: to lie in childbed.
Origin of childbed
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Examples from the Web for childbed
It may also be the result in getting up too quickly from the childbed.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
Julia, Cæsar's daughter and Pompey's wife, died in childbed.The Life of Cicero
The Countess died four years after, in childbed of a daughter.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume II (of 3)
In 1818, she was in the pains of childbed when she heard discharges of artillery.
There, where she had first drawn breath, she died in childbed on the 28th of November.Women of History
- (often preceded by in)the condition of giving birth to a child
- (as modifier)childbed fever
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Word Origin and History for childbed
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