the state of being a mother; motherhood.
motherly quality; motherliness.
a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborn infants.
of, relating to, or for the period in which a woman is pregnant or has just given birth to a child.
for mothers during and after childbirth or for the care of their newborn babies: a maternity hospital.
for wear by pregnant women: maternity clothes.
- pre·ma·ter·ni·ty, noun
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How to use maternity in a sentence
Denied the opportunity to attend medical lectures, she studied midwifery at the maternity hospital.Determined to practice medicine, two sisters defied conventions | Janet Golden | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
I founded Emilia George when I was seven months pregnant based on months of frustration with a lack of high-quality maternity wear that was comfortable on my skin, professional-looking, and functional.The future of maternity workwear is all in the details | Rachel King | January 31, 2021 | Fortune
The maternity photos show a visibly pregnant new mama draped in nude fabric and with golden sunlight flooding the room.
Some of the most wanted imported products are maternity items, cosmetics and vitamin supplements.YC-backed LemonBox raises $2.5M bringing vitamins to Chinese millennials | Rita Liao | December 4, 2020 | TechCrunch
You’re not afraid that they would go on maternity or paternity leave.She’s pushing a green, digital, diverse future. And this CEO doesn’t care who the president is | kdunn6 | November 22, 2020 | Fortune
Certainly paid paternity leave is part of it (and in the U.S., we need paid maternity and paternity leave).
“He was talking about getting rid of Savannah two weeks off her maternity leave,” says the NBC News type.
maternity leave and all that stuff is super important to me.
In a familiar story, the U.S. has no law guaranteeing any paid maternity leave and is the only industrialized nation to do so.
Berman urges pork producers to call them “maternity pens” instead.
Jane Tuke had been married four or five years, but had no children, and the lack seemed to have intensified her maternity.There and Back | George MacDonald
Never has the cult of maternity been better formulated—never has the practice of it been more carefully studied.The Quiver 3/1900 | Anonymous
And it is especially needful for woman, for the great peculiar function of maternity requires the finest muscular power.The Education of American Girls | Anna Callender Brackett
maternity imposes on woman a heavy burden, and before the discovery of birth control, a burden that is continuous.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
Sick and wounded had similarly to be provided for; so had the inmates of maternity establishments.Recollections of Thirty-nine Years in the Army | Charles Alexander Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for maternity
the characteristics associated with motherhood; motherliness
(modifier) relating to pregnant women or women at the time of childbirth: a maternity ward
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