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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]
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Chapter 3 tells us that the head-dress of feathers belonged to the father (huntsmen of night) and the scales and eyes of the fish to the mother (fishermen of night), revealing that the disguises Couvade had tried to inhabit had failed because both were necessarily partial.
3) The final chapter, in which Couvade discovers the riddle of his name and identity, thus enacts the emergence from the whirlpool: "At long last the retreat began.
Other couvade rituals involve fathers more directly in childbearing.
Whatever the intent, couvade customs give expectant fathers in some parts of the world an opportunity to get close to the creative process and actively participate in the bearing and birthing of their newborns.
No one knows exactly why couvade occurs but it could be empathic, like when your skin itches because you see someone else scratching.
Couvade (part II) He glared first at Roy, then looked Tony up and down.
Couvade Part 1 'That's morbid,' mumbled Roy, a bit upset at the message.