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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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