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Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.  Synonyms: confinement, labor, labour, lying-in, parturiency, travail.

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"Childbed" Quotes from Famous Books

... Bidden to die on foeman's tomb before the walls of Troy! Who died, and never had to bear the sifting lot's award, Whose slavish body never touched the bed of victor lord! We from our burning fatherland carried o'er many a sea, Of Achillaean offspring's pride the yoke-fellow must be, Must bear the childbed of a slave: thereafter he, being led To Leda's child Hermione and that Laconian bed, To Helenus his very thrall me very thrall gave o'er: But there Orestes, set on fire by all the love he bore 330 His ravished wife, and mad with hate, comes on him unaware Before ...
— The AEneids of Virgil - Done into English Verse • Virgil

... those days. She opened the door softly and looked in. There the fire was burning, and by the flickering light she saw a woman—a young woman then—lying on a bed, and beside her the man she herself had risen from her childbed to seek. And at the sight of them her heart died in her. She would have cried aloud, but only a groan came from her lips, and she went back, dreading at every step lest ...
— The Song Of The Blood-Red Flower • Johannes Linnankoski

Words linked to "Childbed" :   birthing, premature labor, giving birth, pregnancy, obliquity, premature labour, labor, travail, birth, effacement, maternity, gestation, parturition, uterine contraction, asynclitism

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