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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.)Artemis
(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]
goddess of childbirth. [Rorer. Myth.: Howe, 160]
ancient Greek goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 59]
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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