Definition of childbed in English:


Pronunciation /ˈCHīl(d)bed/ /ˈtʃaɪl(d)bɛd/


archaic term for childbirth
  • ‘Such was the devastation of puerperal, or childbed, fever, which stormed European and American maternity wards for over a century.’
  • ‘When Francesca was in childbed after Rosemary and Arthur were born, she was so ill as to never be quite sure of what was going on around her.’
  • ‘He himself had been born after the Restoration, only to have his mother die, as hers had, in childbed.’
  • ‘For many, service to Christ constituted the only creditable alternative to matrimony and childbed.’
  • ‘Is there any real evidence that women in childbed were more prone to the nightmare, though?’



/ˈCHīl(d)bed/ /ˈtʃaɪl(d)bɛd/