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The condition of a woman in the process of giving birth.
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(Gynaecology & Obstetrics)
a. (often preceded by in) the condition of giving birth to a child
b. (as modifier): childbed fever.
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the condition of giving birth; parturition.
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|Noun||1.||childbed - 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
maternity, pregnancy, gestation - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
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