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maternity

 [mah-ter´nĭ-te]
motherhood.

ma·ter·ni·ty

(mă-ter'ni-tē),
Motherhood.
[see maternal]

maternity

(mə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
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.
adj.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.

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.

ma·ter·ni·ty

(mă-tĕr'ni-tē)
Motherhood.
See: maternal
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The prohibition of routine tail docking, teeth clipping and grinding would reduce the need for procedures in the maternity pens, making easy to adapt the norm.
Richard Berman, a notorious PR flack who recently helped Smithfield bust its unions, has taken to the pages of the industry trade publication Pork Network to urge producers to cling to their gestation crates, which he prefers to call "maternity pens." His advice: Ignore the issue.
In background documents to the Plan, the British Columbia government stated, "The plan commits government to augmenting the southernmost mountain caribou herds as well as working co-operatively with First Nations to develop maternity pens for the southernmost herds, protecting mountain caribou newborn and calves from predators."