What is birth?

  • (noun): The time when something begins (especially life).
    Example: "They divorced after the birth of the child"; "his election signaled the birth of a new age"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Birth (calving in livestock and some other animals, whelping in carnivorous mammals) is the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring. The offspring is brought forth from the mother. The time of human birth is defined as the time at which the fetus comes out of the mother's womb into the world. Different forms of birth are oviparity, vivipary and ovovivipary.

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Some articles on birth:

Staphorst - Demographics (2007)
... Staphorst had a sustainable birth rate till the beginning of 21st century ... But during the 2000–2007 period birth rate plummeted considerably ... Birth Rate 15.79 per 1000 (Down from 18.96 in 2000) ...
Natural Childbirth - Alternatives To Intervention
... that up to 95 percent of women can safely give birth without medical interventions (including, but not limited to, epidurals, caesarian sections, vacuum extraction, and forceps) ... of "a mind-body connection," which the techno-medical model of birth tends to ignore ... for labour, TENS, vocalization, visualization, mindfulness and water birth ...
Félix Houphouët-Boigny - Early Life - Birth, Childhood and Education
... Unofficial accounts, however, place his birth date up to seven years earlier ... a native of the N’Zipri of Didiévi tribe, N’Doli Houphouët died shortly after the birth of his son Augustin, although no reliable information regarding his death exists ...
Birth - Spiritual Meanings
... sun, moon, and planets in the sky or below the horizon at the moment of birth a natal chart is calculated using the exact time, date, and place of birth to try ... death based on the karma of their previous births ... Virgin birth of Jesus is the Christian doctrine that asserts that Jesus Christ was born to a virgin, and thus that his conception was carried out without an earthly father ...

More definitions of "birth":

  • (noun): The kinship relation of an offspring to the parents.
    Synonyms: parentage
  • (noun): The event of being born.
    Example: "They celebrated the birth of their first child"
    Synonyms: nativity, nascency, nascence

Famous quotes containing the word birth:

    At birth man is offered only one choice—the choice of his death. But if this choice is governed by distaste for his own existence, his life will never have been more than meaningless.
    Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973)

    Not yet the thirtieth year, the thirtieth
    Station where time reverses his light heels
    To run both ways, and makes of forward back;
    Whose long co-ordinates are birth and death....
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    Our birth is nothing but our death begun.
    Edward Young (1683–1765)