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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
References in classic literature ?
For a nurse for the month, and use of childbed linen .
Although he thought she had been poisoned by Elizabeth - more likely that she actually died of childbed fever - he became obsessed with the Queen's so-called 'curse', bringing in a sorcerer to rid his family of her tricks.
Several versions mention the provision of a 'caudle', which the Oxford English Dictionary describes as a warm drink consisting of thin gruel, mixed with wine or ale, sweetened and spiced, and given especially to women in childbed.
Ignaz Semmelweis, a 19th-century Hungarian obstetrician, discovered empirically that by washing his hands between patients, he could sharply cut the number of deaths from childbed fever (Wikipedia 2012).
Healthcare providers have understood the importance of hand hygiene since 1847 when Ignaz Semmelweis proved the connection between hand washing and the reduction of deaths from childbed (puerperal) fever.
One of the doctors profiled in Doctors serves as the jumping-off point for The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (2003).
141) As Clasen recounts, "when an ordinary sister found herself with child, she would receive only seven and a half quarts of wine during the six weeks of childbed.
After all, Ignaz Semmelweis' suggestion in 1847 that hand washing could dramatically reduce deaths from childbed fever was also seen as hooey by the medical establishment.
The treatise I here present you with contains a Description of all the indispositions of women with child and in childbed, with the art of well practising midwifery and nursing.
For Holies the tragedy was even more intense because of the "parallel she [his wife] made to my mother; my mother brought my father three children as she did unto me; my mother died in childbed of a daughter as she did; the daughter died likewise as hers did; my son was within about six weeks as old as I was at the departure of my mother" (231).
In 1847, at the age of 28, the Viennese obstetrician Ignac Semmelweis famously deduced that by not washing hands, doctors were themselves to blame for childbed fever, also known as puerperal fever.