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  • When two-thirds had gone through, a young woman, close on her first child-bed, broke down and in nervous shrieks and laughter gave form to her terror.

    THE MASTER OF MYSTERY

  • In her last child-bed, she became lame or weak in both of her sides, so that she had to walk with two canes or crutches.

    History of American Women

  • What, moreover, wouldst thou have me do, when two of my wives are in child-bed?

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The husband was drowned on his first voyage after his marriage, and the wife died in child-bed.

    A House to Let

  • For I must observe, that she suffered so much in child-bed, that nobody expected her life; and this, when she was up, made such an impression upon her, that she dreaded nothing so much as the thoughts of returning to her former fault; and, to say the truth, I had intended to make her a visit as soon as her month was well up.

    Pamela

  • A churel is the peculiarly malignant ghost of a woman who has died in child-bed.

    Kim

  • The bed in which Edward VI. is said to have been born, and where his mother Jane Seymour died in child-bed.

    Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth

  • I imagined with what extacy, after the pains of child-bed, I should have presented my little stranger, whom I had so long wished to view, to a respectable father, and with what maternal fondness I should have pressed them both to my heart! —

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • Jewish women used coverlets like these when in child-bed; an inner lining was fastened to the middle of it so that the mother could be wrapped up together in it with her child.

    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • In the morning the queen (Elizabeth Woodville) went from child-bed to church with a splendid procession of many priests, bearing relics, and many scholars, all singing, and carrying burning candles.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

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