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A confinement during childbirth; a lying-in.

[French, from accoucher, to assist in childbirth, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + coucher, to lay down; see couch.]


(akuʃmɑ̃; English əˈkuːʃmənt)
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) childbirth or the period of confinement
[C19: from accoucher to put to bed, to give birth. See couch]


(əˈkuʃ mənt, ˌæk uʃˈmɑ̃)

the confinement of childbirth; lying-in.
[1800–10; < French, derivative, with -ment -ment, of accoucher to give birth, assist in giving birth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accouchement - the parturition process in human beingsaccouchement - the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child
obstetrical delivery, delivery - the act of delivering a child
active birth - childbirth during which the mother is encouraged to be an active participant
alternative birth, alternative birthing - a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings
natural childbirth - labor and childbirth without medical intervention; no drugs are given to relieve pain or aid the birth process; "natural childbirth is considered the safest for the baby"
birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth - the process of giving birth


The act or process of bringing forth young:


[əˈkuːʃmɑ̃ːŋ] N (frm) → parto m
References in classic literature ?
Never would Edna Pontellier forget the shock with which she heard Madame Ratignolle relating to old Monsieur Farival the harrowing story of one of her accouchements, withholding no intimate detail.
Clippingdale, 'The Accouchement of Queen Jane Seymour', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 28 (1921), 109-16.
L'affaire concernait Ia decision du Health Service Executive (HSE), l'autorite irlandaise de sante publique, de refuser un avortement a une femme demandeur d'asile enceinte et victime d'un viol au motif qu'un accouchement precoce par cesarienne etait une solution praticable et raisonnable justifiee par la necessite de proteger la vie foetale.
Context : L accouchement reste un moment d extreme vulnerabilite : plus de 350 000 deces chaque annee des complications liees a la grossesse ou a l accouchement, 70% attribue a des causes evitables (Childbirth remains a moment of extreme vulnerability: more than 350,000 deaths each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, 70% attributed to preventable causes)
Des analyses de regression logistique biet multivarites ont ere realisees pour identifier les associations avec quatre issues de sante maternelle: frequence des soins prenatals, moment des so ins prenatals, accouchement en milieu institutionnel et soins postnatals.
Fecondite, grossesse et accouchement au Quebec, 1900-1950 (Quebec: Septentrion 2012)
The ambiguity surrounding Erma's accouchement in the mountains appears to be more than the usual Victorian delicacy
xxiv) Sondo B, Testa J and Kone B, Le cout financier des soins de sante: enquete aupres de femmes ayant eu un accouchement a risque, Cahiers d'Etudes et de Recherches Francophones/Sante, 1997, Vol.
Wendy Arons, 1994; widely circulated in the original German and in translation); in English by Thomas Raynalde (his Birth of Mankinde, a translation via the Latin of Rosslin, published repeatedly from 1544); and in French by Jacques Guillemeau (De l'heureux accouchement des femmes, 1609).
at the time of accouchement they went to their sorceresses, who made them believe all sorts of lies, and also put under their couch the image of an evil spirit called Ixchel, whom they call the goddess of childbirth .
Adele's accouchement forces Edna to face the hard reality that with passion comes risk--risk to her present children through scandal and, possibly, the risk of future children as a result of her love affairs.
Not a day passes, not a minute or second without an accouchement,