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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.
See also: birth

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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

give birth to

1. To bear as offspring.
2. To be the origin of: a hobby that gave birth to a successful business.
See also: birth, give, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Epidemiologic data shows that women who have previously delivered prematurely or have family history of preterm birth influence the incidence of preterm birth (PTB).16 In this study family history of PTB was significantly associated with premature delivery: 4.6% of women who gave birth prematurely and had a family history of preterm births compared to only 1.1% of women who gave birth at term that had a family history of preterm births.
During the period, the number of births dropped 8.5 percent from 437,096 to 400,067.
"My mother delivered three of her children at home in Pinckneyville over 20 years ago, so I was familiar with home birth growing up," Jen said.
We crunched the new Census Bureau data and calculated the number of women with bachelor's degrees or graduate degrees who had given birth in the previous 12 months.
For World Birth Defects Day 2017, the same group of partners has reconvened and invited others to join them to continue to bring attention to this global public health issue.
The study said rural counties in Colorado and Connecticut saw the biggest decreases in birth rates 6 both saw 50-percent drops in birth rates between 2007 and 2015 6 while urban counties in states like Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Minnesota saw the biggest decline in birth rates.
The birth register for the year 2005, as obtained from, labour room was used as primary source of information.
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).
North Carolina's birthing laws are even more disgraceful and restrictive when a woman wants to give birth in her home, in someone else's home, or in a birth center.
I am not saying birth experiences are completely formulated by the pregnancy mindset, but I definitely think the things we dwell on throughout pregnancy can affect our birth outcomes.
The researchers conclude that the decline in unintended births between 2007 and 2016 explains about a third of the overall drop in fertility over the period.
Based on an analysis of Census Bureau data, it is estimated that, nationally, one in 13 births is to an illegal immigrant, totaling 300,000 births a year.
Numerous studies over the past 20 to 30 years have reported an association between month or season of birth with sundry general medical and psychiatric conditions.
Clare says: "Caesarean birth is a complex and controversial topic, about which there are so many opinions that are so fiercely held, that pregnant women and new mothers can feel completely at sea.