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couvade cou·vade (kōō-väd')
A practice in certain non-Western cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
(from French couver "to hatch") ritual behaviour undertaken, usually by a man, during or around the birth of a child. Historically, couvade has been poorly defined; it has encompassed practices that are quite divergent in terms of timing, participants, activity, and cause