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16th Sep '16 1:36:45 PM leraluna
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** Also, it was hinted that Lyanna Stark might have died in childbirth. The bloody bed in Ned's fever dreams in Game of Thrones is used to refer to a child birth bed elsewhere in the books. Of course, this comes up in certain theories about Jon Snow's parents ([[spoiler:specifically, that Lyanna is his mother and Prince Rhaegar is his father]]) and his SecretLegacy.

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** Also, it was hinted that [[spoiler: Lyanna Stark might have died in childbirth. childbirth]]. The bloody bed in [[spoiler: Ned's fever dreams dreams]] in Game of Thrones Literature/AGameOfThrones is used to refer to a child birth bed elsewhere in the books. Of course, this comes up in certain theories about Jon Snow's parents ([[spoiler:specifically, that Lyanna is his mother and Prince Rhaegar is his father]]) and his SecretLegacy.



** In a non-back story variation, Dalla also dies this way. In the middle of a battle, no less.

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** In a non-back story variation, in ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'' Dalla also dies this way. In the middle of a battle, no less.
12th Sep '16 4:32:41 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, 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 or series protagonist Ryu, with some bits of evidence leaning more towards the [[spoiler: later.]] [[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 was the adoptive sister a friend of Akuma and Gokuen, and implied to be a relative the niece of their master Gotetsu)]] died like this. Her child survived, however, and grew into either the local NiceGirl Fuuka or series protagonist Ryu, with some bits other pieces of evidence leaning more towards the [[spoiler: later.]] [[spoiler: And the father? '''Akuma'''.]]


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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Tomoe explains to Kenshin that her mother died when she gave birth to her much younger brother Enishi, [[PromotionToParent whom she practically raised.]]
28th Aug '16 11:48:44 AM Kate
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** Narrowly averted by Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. And when we say narrowly... she was twelve years old, the youngest age at which a husband was allowed to have sex with his wife by English law of the time, and small and slight for her age, she had a horrifically difficult labour, and she though she lived a fairly long life with a further two marriages, she never bore another child.
8th Aug '16 7:29:52 AM CaseyJ0nes
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* In ''Literature/{{Another}}'' Kouchi's mother dies this way, [[spoiler: though it turns out that she was actually a casualty of the curse placed on the class her younger sister was currently in.]]
7th Aug '16 7:49:49 AM MarqFJA
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* [[spoiler: Nagisa]] in the After Story of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. [[spoiler: Her death is fortunately retconned.]]

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* [[spoiler: Nagisa]] in the After Story of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. [[spoiler: Her [[spoiler:Her death is fortunately retconned.RetGone away via a wish.]]
4th Aug '16 11:27:34 AM MsChibi
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* Female spotted hyenas have...unusual genitals. Their labia are fused together into a pseudoscrotum, and the clitoris is enlarged and mainly external, forming a pseudopenis. They give birth through the pseudopenis, so it's not uncommon for cubs to get stuck, and for hyenas to die in the process. (This is especially true for those giving birth to their first litter.)
1st Aug '16 5:14:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mrs. Richard F. Schiller of ''{{Lolita}}'' dies in childbirth. Of course, it's not until the end of the book that we learn that she is actually... the eponymous Dolores "Lolita" Haze herself.

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* Mrs. Richard F. Schiller of ''{{Lolita}}'' ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'' dies in childbirth. Of course, it's not until the end of the book that we learn that she is actually... the eponymous Dolores "Lolita" Haze herself.



* In ''WarAndPeace'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep little princess]] dies giving birth to Prince Andrei's only son.

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* In ''WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', the [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep little princess]] dies giving birth to Prince Andrei's only son.



* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'', Daphne's mother dies giving birth. Her father's reaction to this is part of the reason for her being stuck on the island, and her dealing with it is a part of the plot, dealt with in a very touching scene.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'', ''Literature/{{Nation}}'', Daphne's mother dies giving birth. Her father's reaction to this is part of the reason for her being stuck on the island, and her dealing with it is a part of the plot, dealt with in a very touching scene.



* Almost happens to Anne twice in the ''AnneOfGreenGables'' series. Once, with her first child, in which the baby died as a result of being premature. And once that was only revealed in backstory, while giving birth to her sixth child and youngest son, Shirley.

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* Almost happens to Anne twice in the ''AnneOfGreenGables'' ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. Once, with her first child, in which the baby died as a result of being premature. And once that was only revealed in backstory, while giving birth to her sixth child and youngest son, Shirley.
30th Jul '16 8:05:01 PM dlchen145
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* For many species of plants and insects, death by childbirth is considered natural. Some animals and a vast majority of plants subscribe to the so-called "Semelparous"[[note]]the word derives from Semele, the mother of Dionysus, who was incinerated in the birthing process[[/note]] strategy of reproduction, devoting all of its resources to one massive cycle of reproduction, which would so drain the mother that it would quickly die of starvation afterwards (this is opposed to the iteroparous strategy, where the mother would life to reproduce another day). The mother (and/or father) may be ''designed'' to die after reproduction, either to provide their own body as food for the young or so as not to take up the children's food.

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* For many species of plants and insects, death by childbirth is considered natural. Some animals and a vast majority of plants subscribe to the so-called "Semelparous"[[note]]the word derives from Semele, the mother of Dionysus, who was incinerated in the birthing process[[/note]] strategy of reproduction, devoting all of its resources to one massive cycle of reproduction, which would so drain the mother that it would quickly die of starvation afterwards (this is opposed to the iteroparous strategy, where the mother would life live to reproduce another day). The mother (and/or father) may be ''designed'' to die after reproduction, either to provide their own body as food for the young or so as not to take up the children's food.
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.
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