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accident of birth

Any and all particulars surrounding one's birth (physical characteristics, social background, and even nationality) that are considered a result of parentage and the specific circumstances of birth, and are therefore entirely out of one's control. My poverty when I was young was merely an accident of birth; through hard work and determination, I was able to overcome it and lead a successful life.
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birth tourism

Travel to another country for the specific purpose of giving birth to one's child there, so as to avail of that country's economic advantages, such as superior healthcare, or to gain citizenship for the child and/or parent(s). Due to its universal healthcare, even for foreign nationals, the country is a popular destination for birth tourism.
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give birth to someone or something

 
1. Lit. to have a child; [for an animal] to bring forth young. She gave birth to a baby girl. The cat gave birth to a large number of adorable kittens.
2. Fig. to bring forth a new idea, an invention, a nation, etc. The company gave birth to a new technology. The basic idea of participatory democracy gave birth to a new nation.
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give birth to something

to cause or be the origin of something The popularity of the car eventually gave birth to the interstate highways.
Related vocabulary: give rise to something
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of give birth (to have a baby)
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strangle something at birth

to stop something at an early stage of its development Plans to provide better nursery care are being strangled at birth by lack of funding.
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give birth to

1. Bear a child, as in She gave birth to her first child exactly at midnight. [Early 1800s]
2. Also, give rise to. Be the cause or origin of. For example, His hobby gave birth to a very successful business, or The economic situation gave rise to widespread dissatisfaction. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the late 1700s.
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give birth to

1. To bear as offspring.
2. To be the origin of: a hobby that gave birth to a successful business.
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For each birth, investigators calculated the preceding birth interval (time between the birth of the preceding child and the birth of the index child) and the succeeding birth interval (time between the birth of the index child and the birth of the succeeding child).
Using data from a national study into maternal morbidity and national birth registry data from 1 August 2004 to 1 August 2006, the researchers identified over 146,000 low risk women in primary care at the onset of labour.
Births data point to a noticeable drop of the crude birth rate by nationality over the years 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010.
More women in their 30s and 40s, hearing their biological clocks, are choosing to give birth despite their single status.
The birth dearth is certainly real enough; declining birth rates (also known as fertility rates) are evident in many parts of the world.
The data came from a survey conducted among women who gave birth in 1998-2000 at 75 hospitals in 15 states and the fathers of their infants.
Readers may find this focus on priests and birth control to be a curious perspective at first thought.
Studies to determine the optimal spacing between a birth and the mother's next pregnancy have yielded mixed results.
In response to this and other unhelpful or abusive practices, the contemporary birth movement has been built by women and men who want to diversify the options for how women give birth and how babies are welcomed into the world.
Although a monumental occasion, it takes less than 30 minutes to register your baby's birth.
Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician.
Wales has consistently had the fastest growing home-birth rate in the UK for several years and former Health Minister Jane Hutt said she wanted to see one in 10 women giving birth at home.
The preterm birth rate declined for the third straight year in 2009, to about 12.
Between 1990 and 2003, the birth rate for women aged 40 to 44 jumped 58 percent, while the number of births to women aged 45 to 49 grew fourfold (1) The reason?
of husband and wife, or from external conditions, it is then licit to take into account the natural rhythms in the generative functions, for the use of marriage in the infertile periods only, and in this way to regulate birth without offending moral principles.