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giving birth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parturition, birth, giving birth, birthingnoun

    the process of giving birth


  1. giving birthnoun

    The action of the verb to give birth.


  1. giving birth

    Childbirth, also known as labour and delivery, is the ending of pregnancy where one or more babies exits the internal environment of the mother via vaginal delivery or caesarean section. In 2019, there were about 140.11 million births globally. In the developed countries, most deliveries occur in hospitals, while in the developing countries most are home births.The most common childbirth method worldwide is vaginal delivery. It involves four stages of labour: the shortening and opening of the cervix during the first stage, descent and birth of the baby during the second, the delivery of the placenta during the third, and the recovery of the mother and infant during the fourth stage, which is referred to as the postpartum. The first stage is characterized by abdominal cramping or back pain that typically lasts half a minute and occurs every 10 to 30 minutes. Contractions gradually become stronger and closer together. Since the pain of childbirth correlates with contractions, the pain becomes more frequent and strong as the labour progresses. The second stage ends when the infant is fully expelled. The third stage is the delivery of the placenta. The fourth stage of labour involves the recovery of the mother, delayed clamping of the umbilical cord, and monitoring of the neonate. As of 2014, all major health organizations advise that immediately following a live birth, regardless of the delivery method, that the infant be placed on the mother's chest (termed skin-to-skin contact), and to delay neonate procedures for at least one to two hours or until the baby has had its first breastfeeding.A vaginal delivery is recommended over a cesarean section due to increased risk for complications of a cesarean section and natural benefits of a vaginal delivery in both mother and baby. Various methods may help with pain, such as relaxation techniques, opioids, and spinal blocks. It is best practice to limit the amount of interventions that occur during labour and delivery such as an elective cesarean section, however in some cases a scheduled cesarean section must be planned for a successful delivery and recovery of the mother. An emergency cesarean section may be recommended if unexpected complications occur or little to no progression through the birthing canal is observed in a vaginal delivery. Each year, complications from pregnancy and childbirth result in about 500,000 birthing deaths, seven million women have serious long-term problems, and 50 million women giving birth have negative health outcomes following delivery, most of which occur in the developing world. Complications in the mother include obstructed labour, postpartum bleeding, eclampsia, and postpartum infection. Complications in the baby include lack of oxygen at birth, birth trauma, and prematurity.


  1. giving birth

    Giving birth, also known as childbirth or parturition, refers to the final stage of human pregnancy when one or more babies leave the mother's uterus by passing through the birth canal or through a medical procedure like a cesarean section. It is the process in which new life is brought into the world.

Editors Contribution

  1. giving birthadjective

    To give birth

    Giving birth is such a miracle in life to be valued with such respect

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2023  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giving birth in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giving birth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of giving birth in a Sentence

  1. Betzalel Smotrich:

    My wife really isn't a racist, but after giving birth she wants to rest and doesn't want those mass parties that are the norm among the families of Arab women after birth, it's natural that my wife wouldn't want to lie next to someone whose baby son might want to murder my son.

  2. Carole Burnett:

    Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.

  3. Graeme Smith:

    No one seriously disputes that today a woman in Afghanistan is less likely to die giving birth to a child, that the child is more likely to reach the age of five years old, and having reached the age of five that child is far more likely to have a chance to go to school.

  4. Sam Levenson:

    Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.

  5. Sandi Tenfelde:

    Women can also have pelvic pain or perineal (between vagina and rectum) pain, depending on their mode of giving birth, that may also impact not only their desire but their arousal.


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