Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 18th century
The process of giving birth to a baby.
Examples of Accouchement in a sentence
"It took the entire zoo team to assist the elephant during her accouchement."
"Every mother has a different method to make accouchement bearable."
Accouchement originated as the French word "accoucher," which means "to act like a midwife." This word, in turn, developed from the Latin words "a" (to) + "coucher" (put to bed).
Did you Know?
While accouchement seems like a solitary effort, women rarely go through this process alone. A person in labor is often accompanied by their obstetrician, doula, or midwife throughout the process of childbirth — along with a team of supportive nurses.