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  1. the circumstance or situation of a woman giving birth to a child; parturition: to lie in childbed.
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Origin of childbed

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at child, bed
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Related Words for childbed

delivery, labor, childbearing, lying-in, birthing, childbirth, parturition, childbed, travail, propagation, confinement, procreation, reproduction, accouchement, nativity, producing

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British Dictionary definitions for childbed


    1. (often preceded by in)the condition of giving birth to a child
    2. (as modifier)childbed fever
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Word Origin and History for childbed


also child-bed, c.1200, "state of being in labor," from child + bed (n.). In reference to a bed, real or metaphorical, on which something is born, from 1590s.

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