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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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strangle (something) at birth

To stop the development or continuance of something at an early stage. I'm afraid the board may strangle this proposal at birth if the benefits are not carefully explained to them.
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give birth to (someone or something)

1. To birth a baby. Angela gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last night.
2. To bring something into existence. The technological advances gave birth to the Industrial Revolution.
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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

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 ˈbirth (to somebody/something)

produce a baby or young animal: She died shortly after giving birth.Mary gave birth to a healthy baby girl. ♢ (figurative) It was the study of history that gave birth to the social sciences.
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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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teen birth rate is still the highest among industrialized countries.
But the birth dearth is far from universal, and some of the world's poorest (such as Niger) and most populous (like India) countries are still experiencing rapid population growth, enough to make it likely that, according to the United Nations' median projection, the world (now at 6.
The likelihood of breast-feeding for at least six months was similarly associated with marital status, mother's education and smoking; however, first-time mothers had reduced odds of breast-feeding for six months or more, as did women whose infant had a low birth weight.
By the 1930s, Catholic church officials saw themselves as standing largely alone in their anti-birth control crusade, and opposition to birth control began to mark a distinctive Catholic identity.
Premature birth, low birthweight, and small size for gestational age are all risk factors for poor health in infancy and can lead to complications later in life.
And in late 2005, the FDA warned pregnant women not to use paroxetine (Paxil), a popular antidepressant, during pregnancy because of a potentially higher risk of birth defects.
In vitro fertilized babies are subject to an increased incidence of low birth weight and premature birth that are associated with an increased rate of brain damage.
However, they had no data for other factors known to influence birth outcomes, such as maternal occupation, height, weight, weight gain during pregnancy, and smoking status.
But retroactively changing the rules and exposing the identities of birth parents who entered into the adoption process in an era when secrecy was the norm can have major repercussions.
As noted in the Longnecker report on the association between DDE and preterm birth (3), several previous studies have shown such an effect, but they were relatively small.
Another facet of the empowerment of birth is the complete bonding that happens when the baby is brought immediately on to the mother's breast and allowed to stay there until the mother is ready to have the baby checked and weighed.
The Health Canada and EC approvals of EVRA mean that women in multiple countries will soon have a new prescription birth control option that combines the effectiveness of the Pill with the convenience of once-a-week dosing.
Data are presented for maternal demographic characteristics including age, live-birth order, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, and educational attainment; maternal characteristics (medical risk factors, weight gain, tobacco and alcohol use); medical care utilization by pregnant women (prenatal care, obstetric procedures, complications of labor and/or delivery, attendant at birth, and method of delivery); and infant characteristics (period of gestation, birthweight, APGAR score, abnormal conditions, congenital anomalies, and multiple births).
I wrote Natural Birth when my son was sixteen years old .
Scores were compared to age, marital status, ethnicity, birth order, academic classification, and prior history of counseling.