First attested in 1803. Borrowed from French accoucher (“to be delivered of a child, to aid in delivery”), from Old French acouchier (“to lay down, put to bed, go to bed”), from Latin ad + collocare (“to lay, put, place”). See collate.
- Delivery in childbed; parturition
- Custom required that the royal family and the whole Court should be present at the accouchement of the Princesses.
- 1856, St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal (volume 14, page 153)
- A physician was occupied in making an autopsia of a woman dead of puerperal fever, when some one came for him to terminate an accouchement in the town.
accouchement m (plural accouchements)
- delivery (act of giving birth)