expulsion of a fetus from the pregnant mother's uterus

Childbirth, also known as labour and delivery, is the ending of pregnancy where one or more babies leaves the uterus by passing through the vagina or by Caesarean section.[3] In 2015, there were about 135 million births globally.[4]

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Newborn baby and mother
Classification and external resources
SynonymsLabour and delivery, labor and delivery, partus, giving birth, parturition, birth, confinement[1][2]
SpecialtyObstetrics, midwifery

About 15 million were born before 37 weeks of gestation,[5] while between 3 and 12 percent were born after 42 weeks.[6]


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