childbirth
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S: http://www.childbirth.org/ (last access: 7 August 2015); http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childbirth.html (last access: 7 August 2015); WHO – http://www.who.int/patientsafety/implementation/checklists/childbirth/en/ (last access: 26 May 2017).

Notes: 1. also child-birth, mid-15c., from child + birth (n.).
2. parturition, also called birth or childbirth, process of bringing forth a child from the uterus, or womb. The prior development of the child in the uterus is described in the article human embryology. The process and series of changes that take place in a woman’s organs and tissues as a result of the developing fetus are discussed in the article pregnancy.
3. labour, in human physiology, the physical activity experienced by the mother during parturition, or childbirth.

S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=childbirth&searchmode=none (last access: 3 September 2014). 2 & 3. EncBrit – http://global.britannica.com/science/labor-childbirth (last access: 7 August 2015).

GV: child-birth

S: OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=childbirth&searchmode=none (last access: 3 September 2014)

SYN: parturition, birth.

S: EncBrit – http://global.britannica.com/science/labor-childbirth (last access: 7 August 2015)

CR: afterpains, childbed, ectopic pregnancy, midwife, nulligravida, nullipara, obstetric fistula, pregnancy, puerperal fever.