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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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pdf) report  on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control said the birth rate for teens living in small towns was 63 percent higher than the teen birth rate in more urban areas.
But sharing birth stories really does seem to be just a mum thing, even though fathers are often present at the births.
49% rise in the number of births (Omani and expatriates together) last year compared to 2013.
Fewer female births among literate mothers may be due to more use of antenatal sex determining technology among literate mothers but cause can't be exactly predicted as it is a record based study.
The overall infant mortality rate was 77 per 1,000 live births, and the overall early childhood mortality rate was 20 per 1,000 live births.
The study found that adverse outcomes were less common among planned home births than among planned hospital births but differences were only statistically significant for women who had previously given birth.
It contains numbers of live births, sex ratio, and relative distribution of births by month and fertility rates.
Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician.
6% of births in the United States are recorded as planned home births--a rate that has been stable over the past few years.
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.
The percentage of out-of-wedlock births also climbed in California -- from 34.
Today, half of all Kenyan women give birth before they're 20, and nearly half of all births are said to be unwanted or unplanned.
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.
Between 1990 and 2003, the birth rate for women aged 40 to 44 jumped 58 percent, while the number of births to women aged 45 to 49 grew fourfold (1) The reason?