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see birthbirth
or labor,
delivery of the fetus by the viviparous mammal. Birth is also known as parturition. Human birth normally occurs about 280 days after onset of the last menstrual period before conception.
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Childlessness (See BARRENNESS.)
(Rom. Diana) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
saved by his father Apollo from the body of pregnant Coronis when Apollo slays her for infidelity. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 57]
sprang from the head of Zeus when Hephaestus split it open with an axe. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 60]
Arcadian goddess of childbirth. [Arcadian Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
one of Camenae; protectress of women in confinement. [Rom. Rel.: Zimmerman, 50]
unborn god is saved from his dead mother and sewn into Zeus’s thigh, from which he is later born. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 273]
symbol of childbirth. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
goddess of childbirth; protectress of the unborn. [Rom. Myth.: Avery, 425–426]
ancient Greek goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 92]
(Rom. Juno) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
demon; dangerous to women in childbirth. [Jew. Trad.: Benét, 586]
goddess of childbirth. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
Mater Matuta
goddess of childbirth. [Rorer. Myth.: Howe, 160]
ancient Greek goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
test-tube baby
Louise Brown; first successful fertilization outside the body (1978). [Br. Hist.: Facts (1978), 596–597]
goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 53]
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed the current mantra of the Bush Administration on July 21: What we are seeing is "the birth pangs of a new Middle East.
Amid the birth pangs of heavy metal, Fox chose the rubric "Heavy Organ.
Mark's use of the birth pangs is highly apocalyptic and symbolic language, used in similar ways in both New Testament letters and in the Gospels.
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The wild card here is Caesar's brazenly opportunistic niece, Atia (Polly Walker), who is less concerned about the niceties of who will rule what than she is about how prominent her role will be when the treacherously violent birth pangs of the new empire are over.
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The 33-year-old mother, whose husband was not home when she began to feel sudden birth pangs, ran into the bathroom and cried for her daughter, Esther, to call Magen David Adom.
The deep tones and high wails spilled over into to the next lecture hall, where a crowd listening to a talk on the marvels of the new Spitzer Space Telescope was unexpectedly treated to a riff representing the birth pangs of the universe.
For in the tension-filled corridors surrounding the delivery-room where the cries evidencing the postmodern world's birth pangs are only too painfully heard, we Christians and humane thinkers could do worse than together take stock of all of Western civilization's search for transcendence, truth, and humanity, as well as its knack for losing them.
71) Women should reflect that their birth pangs are nothing compa red to the eternal torment to which God should have condemned us.