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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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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
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[ˈtʃaɪldbed] Nparturición f
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For a nurse for the month, and use of childbed linen .
The wife probably died in childbed. The fact that he has a picture-book under his arm shows that there is another child to be thought of."
I read in horrified fascination about Ignaz Semmelweis, the tragic Hungarian obstetrician, who in the mid-1800s already held the key to ridding Europe of childbed fever -- for obstetricians to wash their hands -- but no one in the entrenched medical establishment believed him.
A ( study published in the medical journal Nature Genetics analyzed strains of group A streptococcus, which usually causes strep throat and can also cause childbed fever disease.
Although three physicians-Alexander Gordon (1752-1799), Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), and Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865)-ad demonstrated that puerperal fever (childbed fever) could be prevented by cleanliness among midwives and physicians, their influence was limited.
When he was a three-day-old infant, Shenouda's mother passed away due to childbed fever.
(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.'--and the later format: 'Enter the foure old Beldams, drawing out Dana's bed: she in it'.
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.