an act or instance of bringing forth a child; parturition: a difficult childbirth.

Origin of childbirth

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at child, birth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of childbirth

Historical Examples of childbirth

  • Pregnancy and childbirth play a large part in their delirium.

  • On the previous day had passed away in childbirth the Princess Charlotte.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • It became an amulet to increase the fertility of women and to help them in childbirth.

  • Death at childbirth is very common, and it is said that 25 per cent.

  • These periods of suffering are strangely like the pangs of childbirth.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for childbirth



the act of giving birth to a childRelated adjective: obstetric
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Word Origin and History for childbirth

also child-birth, mid-15c., from child + birth (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

childbirth in Medicine




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