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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. Well, you can't choose your parents—that's an accident of birth as much as anything else. These kids do not deserve to spend their childhoods in a war-torn country—they're there simply through a sad accident of birth.
See also: accident, birth, of

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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breech birth

A birth in which the baby is positioned feet- or buttocks-first. If you went into labor today, it would be a breech birth, which is not ideal. Luckily, there's still time for us to get the baby into a head-first position.
See also: birth, breech

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. © 2022 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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"The birthing environment downstairs is something we want to replicate in the delivery unit.
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The Union State Bank Family Birthing Center features seven maternity suites, all with private baths and therapeutic showers.
Helen Rogers, director of the Royal College of Midwives in Wales said that the dip in home births has coincided with an increase in women using birthing centres.
Doulas don't seem to fit in with obstetrician's ideas about birthing. While they go 'along with it, they're not strongly talking to the mothers about how valuable it can be.
It does no one any good not to support a birthing woman unconditionally.
Pam England, in her book "Birthing From Within," is astute in identifying the fact that modern women need two kinds of knowing.
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One of the most recent offspring of this renaissance is the Professional Birthing Assistant.