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childbirth:

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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Childbirth

Childlessness (See BARRENNESS.)
Artemis
(Rom. Diana) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
Asclepius
saved by his father Apollo from the body of pregnant Coronis when Apollo slays her for infidelity. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 57]
Athena
sprang from the head of Zeus when Hephaestus split it open with an axe. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 60]
Auge
Arcadian goddess of childbirth. [Arcadian Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
Carmenta
one of Camenae; protectress of women in confinement. [Rom. Rel.: Zimmerman, 50]
Dionysus
unborn god is saved from his dead mother and sewn into Zeus’s thigh, from which he is later born. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 273]
dittany
symbol of childbirth. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
Egeria
goddess of childbirth; protectress of the unborn. [Rom. Myth.: Avery, 425–426]
Eileithyia
ancient Greek goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 92]
Hera
(Rom. Juno) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
Lilith
demon; dangerous to women in childbirth. [Jew. Trad.: Benét, 586]
Lucina
goddess of childbirth. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
Mater Matuta
goddess of childbirth. [Rorer. Myth.: Howe, 160]
Parca
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]
Themis
goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 53]
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DESPITE, OR PERHAPS BECAUSE of, many medical advances over the last couple of decades, pregnancy and childbirth are even more dramatic and confusing today.
Yet, pain is integral to childbirth, fear of childbirth pain is widespread if not universal and women's experiences of pain have been central to the processes of childbirth medicalisation.
A qualitative design was chosen for this project because the focus was on exploring and describing the experiences of childbirth for mothers, as well as the experiences of midwives who manage the mothers during childbirth.
But these missteps mar only slightly an otherwise fascinating and powerful recounting of conception and childbirth.
Few families have not been touched by tragic experiences of childbirth in Afghanistan, where maternal mortality is among the highest in the world.
In countries such as Afghanistan, women have a one-in-six chance of dying in childbirth.
Midwife Rose Mlay, National Co-ordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance in Tanzania, said, 'in this, the fourth straight year of record-breaking economic growth in Africa, we cannot accept that in these same countries women continue to die in childbirth, only because they can not access basic health care'.
The water helps to ease the pain of labour and childbirth and can reduce the need for other forms of pain relief and medication.
The event allows visitors to catch up on the latest pregnancy and childbirth news and talk to other women in a similar situation.
Natural childbirth fans point out that their method takes the power away from doctors and returns it to the womenfolk, since pregnancy is not an illness but a natural state that midwives and other women attended to for centuries.
For this and other reasons, it is vital in childbirth classes to create a sense of community.
Q My husband thinks childbirth classes are a waste of time, and that I should be able to learn what I need from books and talking to my friends.