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26th Jul '17 6:19:23 PM Thoralmir
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* This combined with historically high infant mortality rates may be a good reason why Kings were traditionally favored to rule than Queens throughout history. The point of creating a dynasty in the first place is to have a successor, so that one's court and key supporters don't go ahead and nominate their own successor (and possibly try to go ahead and put him on the throne at the first sign of the incumbent king's failing health). If the king dies without a successor, and his key supporters have no plan in place to replace him, one can expect a bloody power struggle to ensue that could tear the country apart and leave it vulnerable to foreign invasion. It simply would not do if your female monarch were to die during childbirth, likely taking her newborn heir with her and leaving the kingdom with no leadership at all. With a man on the throne, however, he just has to keep impregnating queens until one survives long enough to give him a healthy heir.
18th Jul '17 1:59:19 AM Alia_of
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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' this is what happens to all female trolls suffering from bleeding affliction (troll version of hemophilia). Basically, they are unable to stop the bleeding following childbirth or miscarriage. The baby usually also dies. This is what's happened to Penelope, wife of [[TheProtagonist prince Tristan's]] friend Marc.
29th Jun '17 5:59:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, Silverstream dies while giving birth to her kits, causing much grief for her mate and the medicine cat who failed to save her.

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In the first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, Silverstream dies while giving birth to her kits, causing much grief for her mate and the medicine cat who failed to save her.



* In ''The Whitby Witches'' trilogy by Creator/RobinJarvis, the goblin-like aufwaders have been all but wiped out by a curse which causes any female aufwader who becomes pregnant to fall fatally ill, usually within the first three months of conception. Even those who carry a pregnancy to term do so in vain, as the child almost invariably dies with its mother. The only exception to this rule is a young female named Nelda who, after becoming the only aufwader born since the laying of the curse to survive birth, later gives birth to the first baby born after the curse is lifted.
** It's much worse than "fall fatally ill". All the blood in their veins [[BodyHorror turns to brine]].

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* In ''The Whitby Witches'' trilogy by Creator/RobinJarvis, the goblin-like aufwaders have been all but wiped out by a curse which causes any female aufwader who becomes pregnant to fall fatally ill, ill (all the blood in their veins [[BodyHorror turns to brine]]), usually within the first three months of conception. Even those who carry a pregnancy to term do so in vain, as the child almost invariably dies with its mother. The only exception to this rule is a young female named Nelda who, after becoming the only aufwader born since the laying of the curse to survive birth, later gives birth to the first baby born after the curse is lifted.
** It's much worse than "fall fatally ill". All the blood in their veins [[BodyHorror turns to brine]].
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* Gothic novels in Creator/JaneAusten's time used it with such abandon that she actually lampshades its absence in ''NorthangerAbbey'';
->''"She had three sons before Catherine was born; and instead of dying in bringing the latter into the world, [[LampshadeHanging as anybody might expect]], she [[DefiedTrope still lived on]]--lived to have six children more--to see them growing up around her, and to enjoy excellent health herself."''

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* Gothic novels in Creator/JaneAusten's time used it with such abandon that she actually lampshades its absence in ''NorthangerAbbey'';
->''"She
''NorthangerAbbey'':
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had three sons before Catherine was born; and instead of dying in bringing the latter into the world, [[LampshadeHanging as anybody might expect]], she [[DefiedTrope still lived on]]--lived to have six children more--to see them growing up around her, and to enjoy excellent health herself."''


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* In ''Literature/OutOfTheDust'', Billie Jo's mother dies giving birth to a baby, who also dies not soon afterwards. She (and her baby) however would have most likely survived if only [[spoiler:they hadn't been burned so badly a few weeks prior in a freak accident]].
13th Jun '17 11:21:25 PM Oh_what_fun
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Notably in fiction the mother might not stand a chance of living through the childbirth owing to the nature of the child's father being something other [[HumanMomNonHumanDad then human]].

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Notably in fiction the mother might not stand a chance of living through the childbirth owing to the nature of the child's father being something other [[HumanMomNonHumanDad then than human]].
11th Jun '17 12:53:00 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Princess Melpomene died giving birth to Sonata Dusk.
11th Jun '17 12:42:00 AM Piterpicher
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* ''SilentHill3'' has an [[MindScrew utterly bizarre]] example that technically fits the trope, involving the demon FetusTerrible in Heather's womb which will kill her when it's born, and actually does kill Claudia after she eats it (it's a long story).

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* ''SilentHill3'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' has an [[MindScrew utterly bizarre]] example that technically fits the trope, involving the demon FetusTerrible in Heather's womb which will kill her when it's born, and actually does kill Claudia after she eats it (it's a long story).
8th Jun '17 9:09:44 PM nombretomado
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* The NostalgiaCritic lampshades this trope in his review of ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess.''

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* The NostalgiaCritic WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic lampshades this trope in his review of ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess.''
28th May '17 7:59:09 PM SomberCaelifera
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* In Jean M Auel's ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series, Thonolan goes mad with grief after he loses his wife Jetamio to childbirth.

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* In Jean M Auel's ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series, Thonolan goes mad with grief after he loses his wife Jetamio to childbirth.childbirth, along with their son. He eventually dies trying to take back a kill stolen by a lion, nearly taking his brother with him.
28th May '17 10:02:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''OctoberDaye'' novel ''Ashes of Honor'', Tybalt tells Toby about his first human love, who died in childbirth, with the child dying as well.

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* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''OctoberDaye'' ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Ashes of Honor'', Tybalt tells Toby about his first human love, who died in childbirth, with the child dying as well.
22nd Apr '17 7:40:22 PM nombretomado
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* The mother of the Fiametta triplets in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 4, which sets up most of the trio's future emotional issues.

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* The mother of the Fiametta triplets in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 4, which sets up most of the trio's future emotional issues.
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