Birth is the process in mammals by which a fetus is expelled from the body of its mother.

Table of contents
1 Medical Meanings
2 Legal Meanings
3 Spiritual Meanings
4 Metaphorical Meanings
5 Birth in Literature and the Arts
6 See Also

Medical Meanings

  • Childbirth is the process at the end of pregnancy that results in a baby being born.
  • Birth defect is a physical or mental abnormality present at the time of birth.
  • Multiple birth is the birth of two (twins), three (triplets), four (quadruplets), etc., babies resulting from a single pregnancy.
  • The birth canal is the term used for the vagina during birth, as it is the route through which the infant passes during a vaginal birth.
  • Cesarean section is surgical birth through the wall of the abdomen.
  • Birth control methods are devices, medications or behavior patterns to reduce the probability of pregnancy. Birth control pills are contraceptives which are taken orally.
  • Birth pangs are the pains felt by the mother during labour, resulting from contractions of the uterus and pressure on nerves and organss.
  • Premature birth is the birth of an infant before the full term of pregnancy.
  • Stillbirth is the birth of a dead fetus or an infant.

Legal Meanings

  • Birthday is a day to commemorate one's birth. Its an annual event based either on the person's date of birth or on astrological birthtime calculations.
  • Birth certificate is a legal document describing details of a person's birth.
  • A nuclear family comprising the father, mother, brother or sister, is an institution where the members are related by birth.
  • A person is considered of illegitimate birth if he is born of parents not validly married to each other.

Spiritual Meanings

  • Virgin Birth is the Christian doctrine that asserts that Jesus Christ was born without the participation of a human father.
  • Rebirth is a belief that a person is born again after death based on the karma of his previous births.
  • Rebirthing is a breathing process which seeks to resolve the trauma faced at birth.

Metaphorical Meanings

The term birth is used metaphorically to refer to a beginning, especially of a natural phenomenon, one that is impressive in its scope or complexity, or one that is viewed favorably.

  • Stellar evolution is the field of study the deals with the birth of stars and its lifecycle.

Birth in Literature and the Arts

See Also

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