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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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References in classic literature ?
It is true, three Chinese were killed by the tubes dropping on their heads from so enormous a height; but what were three Chinese against an excess birth rate of twenty millions?
I DON'T believe it is better for a child to die at birth than to live its life out--and love and be loved--and enjoy and suffer--and do its work--and develop a character that would give it a personality in eternity.
Even in the case of slow-breeding animals, which unite for each birth, we must not overrate the effects of intercrosses in retarding natural selection; for I can bring a considerable catalogue of facts, showing that within the same area, varieties of the same animal can long remain distinct, from haunting different stations, from breeding at slightly different seasons, or from varieties of the same kind preferring to pair together.
Muscat, Oct 7 (ONA) According to latest figures issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the number of live births in the Sultanate in 2014 stood at 82,981, of which 6291 were expatriate babies and 76,690 were Omanis.
1) Nearly one-tenth of second or higher order births in the study regions occurred within 18 months of the birth of an older sibling; compared with their counterparts delivered at least 36 months after the birth of a sibling, these infants were substantially more likely to die during the first year of life (hazard ratio, 2.
Washington, June 14 ( ANI ): Planned home births are less risky than hospital births, particularly for women who have previously given birth, a new study has revealed.
Summary: Live births in Abu Dhabi Emirate increased by 4.
1 births per 1,000 teens is down 6 percent from the 2008 rate of 42.
In opposition to such violent, medicalized births, obstetricians such as Grantly Dick-Read (Natural Childbirth, 1933) and Fernand Lamaze (Painless Childbirth: the Lamaze Method, 1956) introduced more-natural methods, laying groundwork for the contemporary birth movement.
In a study conducted in British Columbia, Canada, the outcomes of planned home births attended by registered midwives (n = 2889) were compared with the outcomes of planned hospital births that met the eligibility criteria for home births.
53% of births were at home last year, compared to 3.
ATLANTA -- Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday.
Eighty-five percent of births take place at home, and for every 100,000 live births, 920 mothers die.
In an attempt to settle the question, researchers in Colombia analyzed 67 studies that included more than 11 million births worldwide.
Women with diabetes have an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, but the level of risk associated with the condition varies by racial and ethnic group, according to an analysis of births in New York City.