History Main / DeathByChildbirth

14th Jul '16 11:48:19 AM MsChibi
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** This trope is a largely a fitness trade-off of bipedalism; the birth canal does not have as much space. This is why unassisted birth is not nearly as much of an issue for other mammals as it is for humans.

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** This trope is a largely a fitness trade-off of bipedalism; the birth canal does not have as much space. This is why unassisted birth is not nearly as much of an issue for other mammals as it is for humans. (Well, one reason, anyway. The other is that somewhere along the line, humans evolved a "hemochorial placenta"- that is, a placenta that ''directly'' intertwines the mother's blood vessels with those of the fetus. Most other mammals, with a few exceptions (such as mice, a few kinds of bats, and most apes and Old World monkeys) do not have a placenta this aggressive. This is also [[http://pleiotropy.fieldofscience.com/2014/05/how-woman-got-her-period.html the reason for menstruation]], and for many of the complications seen in late pregnancy and childbirth, such as preeclampsia.)
14th Jul '16 11:38:56 AM MsChibi
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* There is a condition called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obstetric_fistula obstetric fistula]], which results from prolonged labor in situations where a Caesarean section is unavailable. The baby's head presses on blood vessels, constricting them, resulting in the necrosis of surrounding tissue. (The result is [[{{Squick}} the uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces through the vagina]].) It almost always results in death for the baby, and it ''can'' result in death to the mother, either right then and there, or sometimes many months or years down the line, as a result of infections or even paralysis, as well as the marginalization that tends to happen as a result of the smell. It is most prevalent in developing countries, where prenatal and emergency obstetric care is limited, and where women tend to be [[ArrangedMarriage married off]] (and become pregnant) [[OldManMarryingAChild at an early age]] (before their pelvises and cervixes are fully developed) and/or have many closely-spaced pregnancies. It ''can'' happen in developed countries as well, though it's much rarer.
12th Jul '16 5:51:09 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Cause of death for Gaara's mother Karura in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The Yondaime had been attempting to father a child who would be able to contain Shukaku, with Temari and Kankuro being incompatible. Gaara was a match and the Shukaku was sealed while he was in the womb, but Gaara was born extremely premature as a result. The strain killed Karura, despite her husband's efforts.

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* Cause of death for Gaara's mother Karura in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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The Yondaime had been attempting to father a child who would be able to contain Shukaku, with Temari and Kankuro being incompatible. Gaara was a match and the Shukaku was sealed while he was in the womb, but Gaara was born extremely premature as a result. The strain killed Karura, despite her husband's efforts.Karura was already very weakened by the childbirth itself, and soon she died.
** Sakumo Hatake's wife died when she gave birth to their son Kakashi, whom Sakumo tried to raise as well as he could until he had to commit {{seppuku}} few years later.
7th Jul '16 10:37:06 AM Willbyr
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* In ''HajimeNoIppo'', Takeshi Sendoh's grandmother explains to Fujii's assistant [[HotScoop Mari Iizuka]] that her daughter-in-law died few after giving birth to him. It's not clear if Mrs. Sendoh died as a direct consequence of giving birth or it was just a coincidence, though.

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* In ''HajimeNoIppo'', ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', Takeshi Sendoh's grandmother explains to Fujii's assistant [[HotScoop Mari Iizuka]] that her daughter-in-law died few after giving birth to him. It's not clear if Mrs. Sendoh died as a direct consequence of giving birth or it was just a coincidence, though.
28th Jun '16 4:56:58 PM Ebrbfureh
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The dead mother may become TheLostLenore for the father, the child her last gift to him. See HerHeartWillGoOn, the sort-of inversion of this -- he dies, she lives.

Incidentally, dying in childbirth is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath no fun at all]]. Stories that neglect to mention fever, screaming, blood, and agony that lasts hours (or even days) were probably written by the childless or by those with no medical knowledge. A few examples are included here. It should be noted that some deaths in childbirth do occur much more quickly than that - a woman with uterine atony can hemorrhage to death in minutes without emergency medical intervention.

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The dead mother may become TheLostLenore for the father, the child her last gift to him. See HerHeartWillGoOn, the sort-of inversion of this -- he this--he dies, she lives.

Incidentally, dying in childbirth is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath no fun at all]]. Stories that neglect to mention fever, screaming, blood, and agony that lasts hours (or even days) were probably written by the childless or by those with no medical knowledge. A few examples are included here. It should be noted that some deaths in childbirth do occur much more quickly than that - a that--a woman with uterine atony can hemorrhage to death in minutes without emergency medical intervention.



* In ''Manga/LetterBee'', Gauche Suede's mother, Sylvette, dies giving birth to his sister, who is also named Sylvette -- he named her after his mother.

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* In ''Manga/LetterBee'', Gauche Suede's mother, Sylvette, dies giving birth to his sister, who is also named Sylvette -- he Sylvette--he named her after his mother.



* In [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC Universe]], the mother of Cameron Mahkent, the Icicle, froze to death giving birth to him -- not unlike the goddess Izanami.

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* In [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC Universe]], the mother of Cameron Mahkent, the Icicle, froze to death giving birth to him -- not him--not unlike the goddess Izanami.



* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Through the story the cast discovers Asuka may die when she gives birth due to [[spoiler:Gendo’s tinkering with her daughter's DNA,]] and they try to find ways to aprevent Asuka's death. At the final chapter [[spoiler:Shinji and other characters think for a moment she has passed away.]]

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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Through the story the cast discovers Asuka may die when she gives birth due to [[spoiler:Gendo’s tinkering with her daughter's DNA,]] and they try to find ways to aprevent prevent Asuka's death. At the final chapter [[spoiler:Shinji and other characters think for a moment she has passed away.]]



* Played with [[WhatAnIdiot in a completely stupid way]] in the LostForever ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comic ''Future of Despair''. [[spoiler: Panne would have survived giving birth to her and Henry's son Yarne just fine... had she not given into [[{{fanon}} never mentioned in canon]] "irresistible Taguel instincts" and run away from the castle she and Henry were staying in ''[[TooDumbToLive to give birth alone in the woods and in Taguel form]]''. That caused her to be mistaken as a beast by two hunters who turned into a HumanPincushion in the spot - but she still "lived" enough to (off screen) finish giving birth and telling her accidental killers to hand the baby to the father.]]

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* Played with [[WhatAnIdiot in a completely stupid way]] in the LostForever ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' comic ''Future of Despair''. [[spoiler: Panne would have survived giving birth to her and Henry's son Yarne just fine... had she not given into [[{{fanon}} never mentioned in canon]] "irresistible Taguel instincts" and run away from the castle she and Henry were staying in ''[[TooDumbToLive to give birth alone in the woods and in Taguel form]]''. That caused her to be mistaken as a beast by two hunters who turned into a HumanPincushion in the spot - but spot--but she still "lived" enough to (off screen) finish giving birth and telling her accidental killers to hand the baby to the father.]]



* Ofelia's half-brother kills his mother during labor in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' -- foreshadowed ahead of time as Ofelia's mother is clearly having a ''very'' difficult pregnancy.

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* Ofelia's half-brother kills his mother during labor in ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' -- foreshadowed ''Film/PansLabyrinth''--foreshadowed ahead of time as Ofelia's mother is clearly having a ''very'' difficult pregnancy.



** This is a plot point in ''Daughter of Darkness'', where Lorelei discovers that she and all her "adoptive" sisters are her father's biological children - he impregnates his daughters, they die in childbirth, and the babies grow up to be beautiful young women who lure new victims to the house for him (he is a vampire.)

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** This is a plot point in ''Daughter of Darkness'', where Lorelei discovers that she and all her "adoptive" sisters are her father's biological children - he children--he impregnates his daughters, they die in childbirth, and the babies grow up to be beautiful young women who lure new victims to the house for him (he is a vampire.)



* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'', a short fantasy novel by Creator/StephenKing, Queen Sasha survives a relatively difficult first birth. The second birth is extremely easy -- until the midwife, on orders from court magician and BigBad Flagg, makes a small incision that causes the queen to bleed to death, unknown to anyone. The fact that she had a HundredPercentAdorationRating only strengthens the second son, [[TheUnfavorite Thomas]], in his belief that [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild nobody in the kingdom likes him]] for anything but "[[UnexpectedSuccessor throne insurance]]."

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* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'', a short fantasy novel by Creator/StephenKing, Queen Sasha survives a relatively difficult first birth. The second birth is extremely easy -- until easy--until the midwife, on orders from court magician and BigBad Flagg, makes a small incision that causes the queen to bleed to death, unknown to anyone. The fact that she had a HundredPercentAdorationRating only strengthens the second son, [[TheUnfavorite Thomas]], in his belief that [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild nobody in the kingdom likes him]] for anything but "[[UnexpectedSuccessor throne insurance]]."



** ''From the Corner of His Eye'' takes it to ridiculous levels of tragedy. The lovely strict Catholic teenage girl gets horribly raped by the antagonist - who thinks they're role-playing - and hides the pregnancy from her family until she gets a brain aneurysm from all the wrapping up her stomach and dies horribly, giving birth to a kid who gets adopted by her sister in a show of bottomless compassion. And that's just the beginning...

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** ''From the Corner of His Eye'' takes it to ridiculous levels of tragedy. The lovely strict Catholic teenage girl gets horribly raped by the antagonist - who antagonist--who thinks they're role-playing - and role-playing--and hides the pregnancy from her family until she gets a brain aneurysm from all the wrapping up her stomach and dies horribly, giving birth to a kid who gets adopted by her sister in a show of bottomless compassion. And that's just the beginning...



* The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantri]] in ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' have tremendous clawed hands with very limited dexterity. It's mentioned that consequently, when a child is turned the wrong way in the womb the results are disastrous - a birth sister might reach in to try and turn the baby, but usually mother and child both die. This situation comes up in ''Song In The Silence''; fortunately there's a human on hand who has no claws and delivers the child with no harm to either, though she's horribly burned and nearly dies herself.

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* The [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantri]] in ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'' have tremendous clawed hands with very limited dexterity. It's mentioned that consequently, when a child is turned the wrong way in the womb the results are disastrous - a disastrous--a birth sister might reach in to try and turn the baby, but usually mother and child both die. This situation comes up in ''Song In The Silence''; fortunately there's a human on hand who has no claws and delivers the child with no harm to either, though she's horribly burned and nearly dies herself.



* Maurice Maeterlinck's play ''Pelléas et Mélisande'' -- ''much'' better known as an operatic adaption by Claude Debussy. The fey beauty Mélisande dies giving birth to a tiny child, as the OlderAndWiser King Arkel laments "now the child must live in her place: it's the poor little one's turn".

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* Maurice Maeterlinck's play ''Pelléas et Mélisande'' -- ''much'' Mélisande''--''much'' better known as an operatic adaption by Claude Debussy. The fey beauty Mélisande dies giving birth to a tiny child, as the OlderAndWiser King Arkel laments "now the child must live in her place: it's the poor little one's turn".



* In ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'', Puppy's mother died giving birth to him (he was the last puppy out of a huge litter). His father SeanConnery (yes really) immediately accuses him of murdering her. Puppy had suppressed this memory for years and didn't take it well at all when it resurfaced. Hamster assumes this is Puppy's FreudianExcuse for his AnythingThatMoves behavior -- he lacked a maternal role model growing up. It's so pitiful that even the woman he was harassing earlier doesn't have the heart to have him thrown out of the bar.

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* In ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'', Puppy's mother died giving birth to him (he was the last puppy out of a huge litter). His father SeanConnery (yes really) immediately accuses him of murdering her. Puppy had suppressed this memory for years and didn't take it well at all when it resurfaced. Hamster assumes this is Puppy's FreudianExcuse for his AnythingThatMoves behavior -- he behavior--he lacked a maternal role model growing up. It's so pitiful that even the woman he was harassing earlier doesn't have the heart to have him thrown out of the bar.



** The Catholic Church has a long tradition of preparing women to accept the very real (only nowadays not so much) possibility of dying in childbirth. The ritual of "churching" was performed for those women that recovered from the experience - a thanksgiving for her survival. There was some debate as to whether it should come before or after the child/children's funeral, if they hadn't been so lucky.
* Before the late 19th Century it was still more dangerous, statistically, for a woman to have children than it was for a man to fight in a war. The two things that changed this were industrialised warfare and the promulgation of the belief that having a clean person, clean possessions, and a clean environment was conducive to one's health - the so called 'Sanitation' movement, which lobbied for such things as sewer systems. Until the latter got going the main cause of death in childbirth was still puerperal fever -- that is, a septicemia caused by the bacteria on the midwife or obstetrician's hands. Not that birthing in hospitals - which had well-deserved reputations as death-traps - was common or anything, but it was commonplace for doctors to work with all sorts of patients - including the extremely sick and even the dead, as with dissections - without ever washing their hands. Pre-Sanitation hospitals were, however, meticulously nice-smelling - to prevent the miasmal odours which were the root of all illness, dontchaknow, from infecting people.
** Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweiss was the first to make the connection between clean hands and decreased risk of the puerperal fever, introducing a strict sanitation regime in his clinic with the use of soaps and antiseptics on pretty much everything. Unfortunately, he was basically [[CassandraTruth laughed out of profession by other physicians]], because ''of course'' nothing bad could have come from that rotting corpse the doc was dissecting before going to deliver a baby - it hardly smelled rotten at all, not that you could tell with all the incense! It wasn't until Joseph Lister that medics started to take antiseptics seriously.
*** Arguably, Florence Nightingale's contribution was even more important - not because she was a good nurse, but because she realised and was willing to admit she hadn't been. In her grief at the death her work caused, she convinced the world (via charts and figures) that it was better for a wounded Crimean soldier to be left in a ditch that to be taken to a hospital - and that to change this, doctors and especially nurses needed to wash between patients.

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** The Catholic Church has a long tradition of preparing women to accept the very real (only nowadays not so much) possibility of dying in childbirth. The ritual of "churching" was performed for those women that recovered from the experience - a experience--a thanksgiving for her survival. There was some debate as to whether it should come before or after the child/children's funeral, if they hadn't been so lucky.
* Before the late 19th Century it was still more dangerous, statistically, for a woman to have children than it was for a man to fight in a war. The two things that changed this were industrialised warfare and the promulgation of the belief that having a clean person, clean possessions, and a clean environment was conducive to one's health - the health--the so called 'Sanitation' movement, which lobbied for such things as sewer systems. Until the latter got going the main cause of death in childbirth was still puerperal fever -- that fever--that is, a septicemia caused by the bacteria on the midwife or obstetrician's hands. Not that birthing in hospitals - which hospitals--which had well-deserved reputations as death-traps - was death-traps--was common or anything, but it was commonplace for doctors to work with all sorts of patients - including patients--including the extremely sick and even the dead, as with dissections - without dissections--without ever washing their hands. Pre-Sanitation Pre-sanitation hospitals were, however, meticulously nice-smelling - to nice-smelling--to prevent the miasmal odours which were the root of all illness, dontchaknow, from infecting people.
** Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweiss was the first to make the connection between clean hands and decreased risk of the puerperal fever, introducing a strict sanitation regime in his clinic with the use of soaps and antiseptics on pretty much everything. Unfortunately, he was basically [[CassandraTruth laughed out of profession by other physicians]], because ''of course'' nothing bad could have come from that rotting corpse the doc was dissecting before going to deliver a baby - it baby--it hardly smelled rotten at all, not that you could tell with all the incense! It wasn't until Joseph Lister that medics started to take antiseptics seriously.
*** Arguably, Florence Nightingale's contribution was even more important - not important--not because she was a good nurse, but because she realised and was willing to admit she hadn't been. In her grief at the death her work caused, she convinced the world (via charts and figures) that it was better for a wounded Crimean soldier to be left in a ditch that to be taken to a hospital - and hospital--and that to change this, doctors and especially nurses needed to wash between patients.



** And again similar with the Vikings - historians believe that death in childbirth for the Vikings was equivalent to death in battle, and guaranteed entry into Valhalla.

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** And again similar with the Vikings - historians Vikings--historians believe that death in childbirth for the Vikings was equivalent to death in battle, and guaranteed entry into Valhalla.
27th Jun '16 8:57:21 AM leraluna
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Tyrion's mother and Daenerys' mother died giving Birth to them. [[spoiler: And Jon's mother did as well as it turns out in 6x10.]]
26th Jun '16 2:59:53 PM Sharlee
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* Sawfish babies' rostral spikes are covered with a dense gelatinous secretion prior to birth, to prevent their spines from cutting into the mother's uterine wall. If a pregnant female's labor is delayed due to sickness or obstruction, she can bleed out when her offsprings' spikey snouts lose their coverings inside her.

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* Sawfish babies' rostral spikes are covered with a dense gelatinous secretion prior to birth, to prevent their spines from cutting into the mother's uterine wall. If a pregnant female's labor is delayed due to sickness or obstruction, she can bleed out when her offsprings' spikey spike-covered snouts lose their coverings inside her.while still ''in utero''.
26th Jun '16 2:59:17 PM Sharlee
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* Some female mammals, such as rats or ferrets, ''have'' to be bred quite early in life if they're to become mothers at all. Otherwise, their pelvises fuse with a too-narrow outlet, making the birthing process extremely dangerous for them.

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* Some female mammals, such as rats guinea pigs or ferrets, ''have'' to be bred quite early in life if they're to become mothers at all. Otherwise, their pelvises fuse with a too-narrow outlet, making the birthing process extremely dangerous for them.


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* Sawfish babies' rostral spikes are covered with a dense gelatinous secretion prior to birth, to prevent their spines from cutting into the mother's uterine wall. If a pregnant female's labor is delayed due to sickness or obstruction, she can bleed out when her offsprings' spikey snouts lose their coverings inside her.
20th Jun '16 9:43:36 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the AlternateUniverse ''Anime/StreetFighterAlphaGenerations'' OAV, it's said that a young woman named Sayaka [[spoiler: who was the adoptive sister of Akuma and Gokuen]] died like this. Her child survived, however, and grew into either the local NiceGirl Fuuka... or series protagonist Ryu. [[spoiler: And the father? '''Akuma'''.]]

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* In the AlternateUniverse ''Anime/StreetFighterAlphaGenerations'' OAV, it's said that a young woman named Sayaka [[spoiler: who (who was the adoptive sister of Akuma and Gokuen]] Gokuen, and implied to be a relative of their master Gotetsu)]] died like this. Her child survived, however, and grew into either the local NiceGirl Fuuka... Fuuka or series protagonist Ryu. Ryu, with some bits of evidence leaning more towards the [[spoiler: later.]] [[spoiler: And the father? '''Akuma'''.]]



** This is the official explanation of what happened to Sephiroth's mother "Jenova" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII.'' Besides that, his actual, human mother Lucrecia Crescent tried to kill herself shortly after he was born and ended up vanishing from the public eye. The way it was translated originally made it sound a lot like she died in childbirth and the player actually met her ghost later on; Lucrecia is actually trapped in a FateWorseThanDeath.

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** This is the official explanation of what happened to Sephiroth's mother "Jenova" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII.'' Besides that, his actual, human mother Lucrecia Crescent tried to kill herself shortly after he was born and ended up vanishing from the public eye. The way it was translated originally made it sound a lot like she died in childbirth and the player actually met her ghost later on; Lucrecia is actually trapped in a FateWorseThanDeath.FateWorseThanDeath, having frozen herself in a CrystalPrison since she has Jenova cells that won't let her die ''and'' feels horribly guilty for her part in Seph's truly screwed up origins.



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' the assassin Zevran's mother died giving birth to him and he was raised in a whorehouse before being sold to the Crows. Zevran seems to blame himself for her death, referring to her as his "first victim". One of the unique gifts you can give him (for quite a few approval points) is a pair of Dalish gloves similar to the ones his mother left behind.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' the assassin Zevran's mother died giving birth to him and he was raised in a whorehouse before being sold to the Crows. Zevran seems to blame himself for her death, referring to her as his "first victim". One of the unique gifts you the player can give him (for quite a few approval points) is a pair of Dalish gloves similar to the ones his mother left behind.



* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fans [[{{Fanon}} widely believe]] that [[AntiHero Iori Yagami's]] birth mother died in childbirth as a consequence of the Orochi curse. It has neither been confirmed nor {{jossed}} in canon.

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* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fans [[{{Fanon}} widely believe]] that [[AntiHero Iori Yagami's]] birth mother died in childbirth as a consequence of the Orochi curse. It has neither been confirmed nor {{jossed}} in canon.canon, but since the aforementioned Orochi curse is ''incredibly'' strong and very painful on the members of the Yagami clans, it's a fairly understandable assumption.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'', [[spoiler: Anri the Hero's beloved Princess Artemis [[StarCrossedLovers not only couldn't marry him]] [[UptownGirl because he was a commoner]], but fell victim to this trope when she brought her and Duke Cartas' child to the world. The poor woman's last words were a curse on the titular [[MacGuffin Fire Emblem]], which she dubbed '[[LoveHurts the end of war, but also the end of love]]'.]]



* It just happened to [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Dan_Green_loses_wife_to_childbirth Michal Friedman]], NA voice actress and the wife of Creator/DanGreen.

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* It just happened to [[http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Dan_Green_loses_wife_to_childbirth Michal Friedman]], NA voice actress and the wife of Creator/DanGreen.
18th Jun '16 5:15:25 PM BNSF1995
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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Padme died during childbirth since [[DeathByDespair "she's lost the will to live"]] and, you know, ''raise her children'' because the father is an asshole. A lot of [[FanWank fans]] have different theories of other factors that could have contributed to her death, but none of them are confirmed.

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* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Padme died during childbirth since [[DeathByDespair "she's lost the will to live"]] and, you know, ''raise her children'' because the father is an asshole. A lot of [[FanWank fans]] have different theories of other factors that could have contributed to her death, death since the stated reason in the film is often seen as an example of George Lucas' bad writing, but none of them are confirmed.
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