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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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25 /PRNewswire/ -- "At first, I was nervous about not having my baby in a hospital," said Marla Pollard, a young Fountain Valley mother who delivered a healthy six-pound, five-ounce girl at UCI's Birthing Center on Jan.
After UCI's Birthing Center opened in December, Pollard continued her check-ups with Russell at the new center in Anaheim.
Shannon Counts of Huntington Beach liked the birthing center's home- like atmosphere.
At UCI's Birthing Center, we are serving 'low-risk' mothers of all ages," said Snell.
Currently, there are more than 4,000 certified nurse-midwives practicing in birthing centers like UCI's and/or in private practice in all 50 states and in other countries around the world.
The CNMs at UCI's Birthing Center are especially well-qualified," said Snell.
UCI's Birthing Center hopes to do something about this tragedy, at least on a local level," said Snell.
Talk to people who work with a lot of birthing couples such as childbirth educators, prenatal exercise instructors, etc.
Read Special Women--the Role of the Professional Birthing Assistant by Perez and Snedeker.