American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of a woman in the process of giving birth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, the bed in which a woman gives birth to a child; hence, the act of bringing forth a child or the state of being in labor; parturition: as, “women in child-bed,” Arbuthnot, Aliments.
- n. uncountable The final stage of pregnancy; confinement
- n. countable The bed in which a baby is born
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of a woman bringing forth a child, or being in labor; parturition.
- n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
“Charlotte in childbed; it has turned to a royal daughter whose death meets no divine design, only "inscrutable decrees.”
“His late wife, "pretty Mrs. Frescheville," had died in childbed on May 22nd, 1653.”
“She died – probably in childbed – in November of next year (1654), and was buried at Petworth with her infant son.”
“One must be able to think back the way to unknown places … and to partings long foreseen, to days of childhood … and to parents … to days on the sea … to nights of travel … and one must have memories of many nights of love, no two alike … and the screams of women in childbed … one must have sat by the dying, one must have sat by the dead in a room with open windows ….”
“Semmelweis noticed that at the doctor-staffed clinic, about 10% of the women died of something called childbed fever.”
“Childbirth fever (This is also called childbed fever, postpartum infection, or puerperal infection.)”
“He afterwards says (p. 280) that Galla died in childbed; and intimates, that the affliction of her husband was extreme but short.] 112 Lycopolis is the modern”
“He worries for his sister, now the last member of his immediate family left in France, and is forever urging her to visit, although having just risen from childbed, she cannot.”
“In the 1840s, Ignaz Semmelweiss's lonely battle to get the medical establishment to accept that doctors were spreading childbed fever from mother to mother cost him his job and his sanity though his prickly personality didn't help.”
“Women died by the thousands of "childbed fever" because those who delivered their babies didn't know what germs were and that they caused infections.”
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