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2. a lying-in hospital.
n. pl. materni·ties
1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. The feelings or characteristics associated with being a mother; motherliness.
3. A maternity ward.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.
maternity (mat, matern.)
Etymology: L, maternus, motherhood
motherhood; the character and quality of a mother.
maternity(1) The state of being a mother; motherhood.
(2) A hospital unit dedicated to the care of pregnant women at the end of gestation, including labour and delivery, and early post natal care for the mother and infant.
motherhood and the establishment of the maternal-neonatal bond.
accommodation provided to encourage the establishment of the maternal-neonatal bond, to maximize the chances of survival of both and the return to a breeding status for the dam, and a good start for the growth period in the young animal. Includes maternity box stall, maternity barn.