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BIRTH. The act of being wholly brought into the world. The whole body must be detached from that of the mother, in order to make the birth complete. 5 C. & P. 329; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 344 6 C. & P. 349; S. C. 25 E. C. L. R. 433.
     2. But if a child be killed with design and maliciously after it has wholly come forth from the body of the mother, although still connected with her by means of the umbilical cord, it seems that such killing will be murder. 9 C. & P. 25 S . C. 38 E. C. L. R. 21; 7 C. & P. 814. Vide articles Breath; Dead Born; Gestation; Life; and 1 Beck' s Med. Jur. 478, et seq.; 1 Chit. Med. Jur. 438; 7 C. & P. 814; 1 Carr. & Marsh. 650; S. C. 41 E. C. L. R. 352; 9 C. & P. 25.
     3. It seems that unless the child be born alive, it is not properly a birth, but a carriage. 1 Chit. Pr. 35, note z. But see Russ. & Ry. C. C. 336.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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For more information about birthing choice, midwifery, and birth centers, visit (; the AABC (, and the Midwives Alliance of North America (
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"We greatly appreciate this latest donation and Union State Bank's continuing lead sponsorship efforts that are helping us to maintain the same high level of quality care that the Birthing Center has enjoyed since it opened a few years ago," said Schneiders.
Charlotte Church gave birth to her first child - Ruby Megan - in September at the home she shares with boyfriend Gavin Henson, in St Brides Major, after having a birthing pool installed.
Not all doulas appreciate how important they might be [to empowering a birthing mother].