couvade


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to couvade: embryopathy

cou·vade

(kū-vahd'),
A custom in certain cultures in which a man develops labor pains while his wife is in labor and then submits to the same postpartum purification rites and taboos.
[Fr. couver, to hatch]

couvade

[ko̅o̅väd′]
a custom in some non-Western cultures whereby the husband goes through mock labor while his wife is giving birth.

sympathy pregnancy

A condition in which a man simulates some features of pregnancy (e.g., morning sickness, constipation, diarrhoea, toothaches, mood swings) as a cultural phenomenon by primitive tribes (e.g., the Tchambulis of New Guinea), to symbolically share the suffering of a pregnant women.

cou·vade

(kū-vahd')
A primitive custom in certain cultures in which a man develops labor pains while his wife is in labor and then submits to the same postpartum purification rites and taboos.
[Fr. couver, to hatch]
References in periodicals archive ?
Mais recentemente, a sindrome de couvade tem sido relacionada aos sintomas fisicos manifestados por pais biologicos, de carater involuntario e de determinacao inconsciente, os quais sao concomitantes a gravidez das esposas (Brennan, Ayers, Marshall-Lhafez, & Hamed, 2007a; Murphy, 1992).
Es dificil medir las posibles implicaciones demograficas de la ruptura de la couvade y la disminucion del tiempo de lactancia materna, que contribuyen al aumento de la fecundidad en el grupo.
La couvade es un fenomeno ampliamente extendido, pero solamente ritualizado en algunas culturas primitivas en Colombia.
The first line tells us that the name Couvade here means "sleeper of the tribe" and this immediately signals the journey into the unconscious which is about to be undertaken.
The Bloom of MOtherhood: Couvade as a Structural Device in Ulysses.
The word couvade is derived from the French couver, meaning "to incubate, hatch, or brood," and signifies the male's engagement with his unborn baby.
A similar phenomenon reappears in the condition known as couvade syndrome, in which the male partners of pregnant women experience various symptoms of pregnancy, including abdominal pain.
The cultural practices known collectively as couvade and their analogues in cultures that do not have formalized couvade rituals have been treated at various times in psychoanalytic literature.
Nillson equates this with la couvade, a world-wide custom which involved the husband's being also "confined" when his wife gave birth (369f).
Meaghan Morris introduced two elaborately-wrought theoretical papers: one in classical style by Anne Freadman, which worked at specifying "the woman writer" as a discursively constructed object of "feminist reading practice"; and the other by Sneja Gunew, baroquely deconstructing femininity metaphors and proposing couvade, rather than castration, as the sign of sexual difference.
Now men are far beyond the stage at which they expressed their envy of woman's procreative power through couvade, transvestism, or subincision.
Facts to dazzle your friends with In Couvade Syndrome, expectant fathers also get morning sickness and cravings.