birth

noun
ADJECTIVE
live

Better living conditions mean more live births and fewer stillbirths.

normal
difficult
breech
Caesarean, vaginal
natural (= without the use of drugs)
premature, preterm
multiple
illegitimate, out-of-wedlock (AmE)
home, hospital
water (= in water)
VERB + BIRTH
give

She gave birth to a baby boy.

register
celebrate

They recently celebrated the birth of their second daughter.

await

He was anxiously awaiting the birth of his child.

announce
attend

A doctor and three midwives attended the birth.

BIRTH + NOUN
certificate
records
date
place (usually birthplace)
weight (usually birthweight)
process
complications
defect
canal

the mother's birth canal

mother
attendant (= person who assists a woman giving birth)
partner (= person a woman chooses to be with when giving birth)
plan

You should prepare a birth plan with your obstetrician.

announcement
rate

a low/high birth rate

(see also birth control)
PREPOSITION
at birth

The baby weighed seven pounds at birth.

at a/the birth, during a/the birth

The child's father was present at the birth.

by birth

He was American by birth, but lived in France.

PHRASES
births, deaths and marriages (AmE), births, marriages and deaths

announcements of births, marriages and deaths

your date of birth, your place of birth
of low birth, of noble birth (both old-fashioned)
the moment of birth

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