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maternity

[mə′tərn·əd·ē]
(biology)
Motherhood.
The state of being pregnant.
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I'm going, monsieur," replied Suzanne, "to Madame Granson, the treasurer of the Maternity Society, who, to my knowledge, has saved many a poor girl in my condition from suicide.
Yes," said Suzanne, "a relation of Mademoiselle Cormon, the president of the Maternity Society.
As she made her way along the rue du Bercail, it came into her head that the Maternity Society, presided over by Mademoiselle Cormon, might be induced to complete the sum at which she had reckoned her journey to Paris, which to a grisette of Alencon seemed considerable.
She seemed a compound of the autumn leaves and the winter sunshine; less poetically speaking, she showed both gentleness and strength, an indefinable promise of soft maternity blending with her evident fitness for honest labor.
This dawn of luxury brought us a butcher and a grocer, and a midwife, who became very necessary to me, for I lost a great deal of time over maternity cases.
Thus would I have man and woman: fit for war, the one; fit for maternity, the other; both, however, fit for dancing with head and legs.
Mary, at the sink, where Saxon was just finishing the last dish, untied Saxon's apron and kissed her with the sympathy that women alone feel for each other under the shadow of maternity.
A life of constant inaction, bodily and mental,--the friction of ceaseless ennui and discontent, united to the ordinary weakness which attended the period of maternity,--in course of a few years changed the blooming young belle into a yellow faded, sickly woman, whose time was divided among a variety of fanciful diseases, and who considered herself, in every sense, the most ill-used and suffering person in existence.
Overcrowded hospitals, midwife shortages and poor care for pregnant women were highlighted in the maternity services review which used feedback from former patients in the report.
I have just advised my manager that I am expecting a child and intend to go on maternity leave 14 weeks prior to the birth of my child, which is four days prior to the completion of my current contract.
Dressing Modern Maternity" is a fascinating history and showcase of a postwar company selling innovative, practical maternity fashions in Dallas, Texas.
Two bills on increasing maternity allowances for the second year of leave passed first reading in Bulgaria's Parliament Thursday.