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is it delivery? ...or is it birth?

Poll Results: is it delivery or birth?

 
  • 99% (141)
    birth
  • 0% (1)
    delivery
142 Total Votes  
post #1 of 73
Thread Starter 
Do you prefer the verb birth or delivery, to use when talking about babies being born?

Years ago, when I first started using the word birth, it sounded a little strange to say, "I birthed a baby," but now I can't imagine using deliver to describe the act of a baby being born.

I think delivery diminishes the roles of the true stars of the birth (vaginal or trans-abdominal): mom and baby. Delivery seems distanced, removed...like "birth canal." (uh, it's a vagina--unless I'm having a discussion with my in-laws!)

I also prefer the term "c-section birth" rather than "c-section delivery." "My baby was born via c-section" or "I had a c-section birth" sound different than "It was a cesarean delivery."
post #2 of 73
I prefer the term birth because pizzas are "delivered", not babies.
post #3 of 73
I prefer the term birth, but I don't think of my sections as births - not at all.
post #4 of 73
I perfer birth though it does sound funny in the sentance "I birthed my baby". To be delivery sounds more medical, and birth sounds more emotional.
post #5 of 73
Thanks for writing this cause i was saying delivered but after reading this and giving it some thought, I am going to now say birthed! It sounds like "delivered" is something done to you or for you, "birthed" is something you do.

Kaitlin
post #6 of 73
It bugs me to hear people call it "delivery" even though it's SUCH a common term for birth. It makes me think of the mindset that being pg is an illness from which you must be saved, or delivered...or that by having your baby "delivered" you are being relieved of something that was wrong. I'm quite sure that many, many people who use the term aren't really thinking that way, but that's just what the word puts in MY head. I give birth - I don't deliver a baby nor am delivered of my baby.
post #7 of 73
Birth!

Delivery gives me the willies.

post #8 of 73
Birth. If anyone "delivers" the baby anyway it is the mother. Others might catch the baby, but isn't it really the woman who is doing all the work? I like the point about pizza, too
post #9 of 73
I voted birth since it is such a very unique experience.

Nothing in the world like it at all.



When I had my first baby, I was given a EDC, "expected day of confinement" - to a bed, I assume, but it still sounds like a prison.

By the time I had my fourth baby, I was given a EDD, "expected day of delivery" - like the postman was coming or something......
post #10 of 73
Yep I'm with the team, delivery is done by couriers not mothers and definitely NOT doctors.

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I also prefer the term "c-section birth" rather than "c-section delivery." "My baby was born via c-section" or "I had a c-section birth" sound different than "It was a cesarean delivery."
In Australia the medical mob refer call it "vaginal delivery" but "caesarean birth". Go figure...
post #11 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by JanetF
In Australia the medical mob refer call it "vaginal delivery" but "caesarean birth". Go figure...
Sugar coating...
post #12 of 73
I can't stand the term "delivered"! That's gotta be one of my biggest pet peeves. This includes the always asked question, "Who delivered (or who will deliver) your baby?". Ugh!!! I'm like, *I* gave birth to my baby, so-and-so attended the birth. And yes, I totally use the term, "I birthed my baby." My mom tends to roll her eyes when I say things like that. She thinks I'm weird.
post #13 of 73
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Originally Posted by applejuice

By the time I had my fourth baby, I was given a EDD, "expected day of delivery" - like the postman was coming or something......
Heh. I always thought EDD stood for "estimated due date". I like my version better.
post #14 of 73
I remember, during my last pg, joking about all the free midwifery services offered by the local delis restaurants- hey, they were all advertizing "free home delivery."

It's birth. Do we celebrate birthdays or deliverydays?

happy deliveryday to you
happy deliveryday to you,
happy delivery day to whoever,
happy deliveryday to you.

I don't know, it just doesn't seem to have the same ring to it!

ETA: I thought "EDD" stood for "estimated due date" which I guess makes it sound like the baby is a library book or something- do you pay fines to your uterus if you go past 40 weeks?
post #15 of 73
O.K., but I am only parroting what I was told..., I do like "estimated due date" better.
post #16 of 73
Definetely birth, I can stand the word delivery for giving birth. ANIKO
post #17 of 73
It is always birth to me, as semantics is extremely important in midwifery and childbearing. How we get our messages across can mean the difference between happy fulfilling births and major abdominal surgery, which, btw, is how I refer to Cesareans. Also as cesarean Operations...just so people wont think of it as birth....Remember Pound Puppies? I think that was a brilliant marketing tool for surgeons....
post #18 of 73
Definitely birth!

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinyshoes
I also prefer the term "c-section birth" rather than "c-section delivery." "My baby was born via c-section" or "I had a c-section birth" sound different than "It was a cesarean delivery."
My daughter was born by cesarean. Hers was a birth that involved surgery. Born/birth must always come first. It's the same way that we know not to say "blind boy", we say "boy who is blind." It's about accentuating the truly important part - the birth and the boy!

Great poll question!
post #19 of 73
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cathicog
It is always birth to me, as semantics is extremely important in midwifery and childbearing. How we get our messages across can mean the difference between happy fulfilling births and major abdominal surgery, which, btw, is how I refer to Cesareans. Also as cesarean Operations...just so people wont think of it as birth....Remember Pound Puppies? I think that was a brilliant marketing tool for surgeons....
hmmmmm interesting...a cesarian operation. My only worry would be that such a term would make c-section mamas : .

Sometimes, if I'm really mad about a friends cruddy vaginal birth in a hospital, I'll say she was delivered, 'cause that's how I'd describe injustice that was done to her To steal a birth is to deliver, hunh?

Please explain more about the Pound Puppies...I don't remember what made them a marketing tool...
post #20 of 73
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OnTheBrink
Definitely birth!



My daughter was born by cesarean. Hers was a birth that involved surgery. Born/birth must always come first. It's the same way that we know not to say "blind boy", we say "boy who is blind." It's about accentuating the truly important part - the birth and the boy!

Great poll question!
oh yeah! Good point!

So what about "born by cesarian operation?" would that irk you, or be an accurate description for the enormity of abdominal surgery (I am pro-homebirth, not anti-c-sec....and I am definitly anti the prevailing attitude that a c-sec is "no big deal" because it's common nowadays. IT'S abdominal surgery!!! that's huge! owie!!!!!)
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