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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. 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.
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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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Appropriate clinical follow-up in pregnancy was found to be associated with a decrease in the risk of preterm births. An improper follow-up, a previous history of spontaneous abortion, a family history of PTBs, height and smoking were the most important risk factors for PTB.
A decrease in the number of natural births was also observed.
"Comparing my two hospital births and my two home births, I am convinced that the care I received from my CPMs contributed to my faster recovery time and my success in breastfeeding my last two babies," she said.
The highest increase among Omanis between 2012 and 2013 was 6,143 live births while the number of Omani births increased by a smaller amount in previous years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 to reach 3,236 and 1,942 live births respectively.
Births to women with bachelor's degree or higher, per 1,000 women ages 15-50: 40.3
Hispanic teens still accounted for the highest birth rate overall with 31.4 births per 1,000 women living in large urban counties, 40.0 births per 1,000 women in medium and small urban counties and 47.0 births per 1,000 women in rural areas.
There has been a 4.49% rise in the number of births (Omani and expatriates together) last year compared to 2013.
When sex ratio at birth among live births deliveries was calculated it was 909.8 (Fall in sex ratio at birth is only 0.2 than the sex ratio at births of total deliveries).
Short birth intervals are associated with an increased risk of death both for the new infant and for the older sibling, surveillance data from two Nairobi slums confirm.
This means that, every day, my partner's mother has to drive roughly 45-minutes from her home in Charlotte, NC, to the birth center she runs in Fort Mill, right over the South Carolina border.
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.
NCSI said that the infant mortality rate dropped to 8.6 per 1,000 live births compared to 9.4 per 1,000 live births in 2017, whereas the under-five mortality rate declined to 11.1 per 1,000 live births in 2018 compared to 11.4 per 1,000 live births in 2017.
The teen birth rate fell from its peak of 62 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 in 1991 to roughly 19 births per 1,000 women in 2017 -- a 69 percent decline.
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.