Sunday, June 20, 2010
couvade noun [koo-VAHD] A practice in certain cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
Definitions for couvade
- A practice in certain cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
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Citations for couvade
Whether men experience couvades or not, there are plenty of other birth rituals for them to partake in: sitting through prenatal classes, going to ultrasound appointments, strapping on thirty pound lead empathy bellies, attending coed baby showers, making smalltalk during epidural sessions, photographing the birth, cutting the umbilical cord. . .
Although husband involvement in the birth process is not uncommon in preindustrial societies, as we showed in Chapter 5, the emerging American practice of having the husband present at the delivery itself is almost unique in world societies. The increasing popularity of this new form of "couvade" in the United States is particularly intriguing theoretically and represents an unexplored issue in social-psychological research.
Origin of couvade
Couvade comes from the French couver, "to incubate or hatch."