female parent

A mother is a female parent. It gives birth to the baby after carrying and going through pregnancy in her womb for a period of nine months. If a woman over the stage of puberty raises an adopted or biological child, then she is considered a mother as well.


When a woman raises an adopted child she may be called the child's "foster" mother. Adopted children are also part of that person's family. The woman does not need to be called a "foster" mother and can simply be called the child's mother.


A female can become mother upon having sexual intercourse with a male or through in vitro fertilization. As a result, the female gets pregnant and embryo forms in her womb. The baby grows and matures physically inside the mother's womb for a period of nine months. At the end of this gestation period, the mother delivers the baby. The period of gestation is around nine months, though can be premature or delayed.


After the birth of a baby, breastfeeding is an important part of taking care of the baby. Mother's milk

Other names for "mother"Edit

  • In American English, other common words for mother are "Mom," "Mommy," Momma," "Mama" and "Ma."
  • In British English, "Mum" and "Mummy" are usually used instead of "Mom" and "Mommy". Another variant, often found in the North of England, particularly Yorkshire and Lancashire, is "Mam".
  • In Irish English, "Mam", "Mammy are most common, often "Mother" or her first name is said, another variant in Dublin is "Ma" (with a hard A)
  • In Australian English, "Mum", "Mother", "Mummy" and "Mother dearest"
  • In Indonesian, "Ibu", "Emak", "Bunda"
  • In Filipino, "Nanay", "Ina"
  • In German "Mama", "Mami“, "Mutti“, "Mutter"
  • In Tamil அம்மா

Madre is Mother in Spanish. Mamma or Mor is Mother in Norwegian. Mater is Mother in Latin. Mutter is Mother in German. Mat is Mother in Russian. Mama is mother in Swahili