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The condition of a woman in the process of giving birth.


(Gynaecology & Obstetrics)
a. (often preceded by in) the condition of giving birth to a child
b. (as modifier): childbed fever.



the condition of giving birth; parturition.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.childbed - concluding state of pregnancychildbed - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
uterine contraction - a rhythmic tightening in labor of the upper uterine musculature that contracts the size of the uterus and pushes the fetus toward the birth canal
effacement - shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor
birthing, giving birth, parturition, birth - the process of giving birth
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
premature labor, premature labour - labor beginning prior to the 37th week of gestation
asynclitism, obliquity - the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle


[ˈtʃaɪldbed] Nparturición f
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For a nurse for the month, and use of childbed linen .
1) In the late 1840s, Semmelweis discovered that simple handwashing drastically reduced the incidence of childbed fever in maternity clinics.
The first instance of the latter is in The Golden Age (1610; Red Bull), a play in which we also perhaps see the transition from one way to another of directing how a bed is to be put on stage, because the play includes both the earlier format--'Enter Sibilla lying in childbed, with her child lying by her, and her Nurse, & c.
He was horrified when he went to work for a maternity hospital in Vienna, Austria, to find out that one mother in ten was dying of childbed fever there.
Women in childbed "are supposed to be in a dangerous condition which would infect any person or thing they might touch; hence they are put into quarantine until, with the recovery of their health and strength, the imagery danger has passed away" (Frazer, 2009: 208).
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All the children were separated early from their mothers and raised on the Home Farm under the care of Mamma Hattie and a couple of older women-depending on who was just up from childbed or otherwise ailing, (p.
The bed that she clings to day and night has become "the childbed, not the marriage bed, [with her] acting like a child, exacting from her children the sustenance she should be offering them" (Weinstein 31).
As an ambiguous mother-child being, both are susceptible to environmental forces in childbed because they lack bounded discreteness.
Cuando finalmente en 1861 publica The Etiology, Concept, and Prophilaxis of Childbed Fever, sus ideas ya se habian distorsionado, se tenia una vision erronea acerca de su trabajo, y pocos se molestaron en leer la exposicion completa de la teoria (9).
The image is a ghastly one, which Frederica immediately tries to distance from real life, saying, 'I didn't know cats died in childbed.
Instructions and patterns are provided for childbed linen for an infant up to three months.