Sometimes, when a woman [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]], the child is seen as the mother's last gift to her surviving family. But then there's ''these'' cases, in which the child is blamed for the mother's death.

Typically, this involves [[AbusiveParents being hated or otherwise ill-treated by their father]]. Other relatives are free to join in, though. Who's actually to blame for the death is completely irrelevant -- there's too many historical cases of DeathByChildbirth caused by doctor screw-ups (and ''Streptococcus pneumoniae''), but if this trope is in play the kid's still getting full blame.

Needless to say, this child will commonly grow up to be TheUnfavorite.

This is a subtrope of YouShouldHaveDiedInstead. Compare ReplacementGoldfish, when the (often female) child is seen as a preservation of her mother.

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* Borderline example in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Guts was discovered as a newborn beneath the corpse of his mother (who had apparently been hanged while pregnant). After the woman who found him dies of a plague, Guts' adopted father blames him, believing him to be cursed. For bonus points, he namechecks the supertrope, YouShouldHaveDiedInstead.
* In ''Anime/{{Clannad}}'', this is the main reason behind why Tomoya's father has a rough time getting along with him. [[spoiler:In a twist of fate, Tomoya's wife also dies at childbirth and he chose to neglect their newborn daughter for about five years. It wasn't until his grandmother calls him on it that he realizes he's being like his old man.]]
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': This is part of the reason Dewey Novak, the series' antagonist, despises his younger brother Holland. Because of the event, the title of Sacrificial King is passed on to Holland. Of course, [[UnreliableNarrator Dewey's account may]] be all in his head.
* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'': Akito's issues turn out to be largely caused by his sister Natsumi blaming him for their mother's DeathByChildbirth. He assumed this was the case with his father as well, but it turned out Dad was just distant because he's a {{Workaholic}}.
** Sana realizes this when she plays a role similar to Akito's. Just ''hearing'' the words "it was your fault" while filming the scene where her character has a fight with her sister's drove her to uncontrollable tears.
* While it's not made a topic in the ''MarginalPrince'' anime, the website for the game it's based on all but states that this is what happened to Henri. His father is anything but fond of him and as a direct result, he said to [[IJustWantToBeLoved crave for love]].


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* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Snivley's father Colin tried to avoid this trope, but Snivley growing up with several traits he despised caused him to resent his son. This resulted in the demeaning nickname, and him going to work for Dr. Robotnik.
* In ''ComicBook/AtariForce'', Christopher Champion was believed to be blamed by his father Martin for his mother Lydia's death at birth. It was only years later that Dr. Lucas Orion, the physician present at the birth, realized that Martin blamed the Dark Destroyer for Lydia's death.

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* In ''Literature/BestServedCold'', the BarbarianHero Shivers justifies his participation in helping to carry out a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, because Shivers wants to avenge the death of his beloved brother, who everyone considered TheAce. Later on, Shivers POV reveals this is a lie. In reality, Shivers hated his brother. Shivers' mother died giving birth to him, and because of that, [[BeneathTheMask his brother would cruelly abuse him when others weren't watching]].
* Present in some adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', which explain why young Ebenezer was left at school over the holidays with this trope. [[note]]The existence of Ebenezer's younger sister argues against it, but his father might have remarried.[[/note]]
** Fred might also be an example; he resembles Scrooge's sister enough to cause Scrooge emotional pain whenever uncle and nephew meet.
* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': Elric's father, Emperor Sadric, is said to not have cared much for his son because of this trope. Interestingly enough, he still chose the sickly Elric to succeed him to the throne over his ambitious cousin, [[EvilPrince Yyrkoon]]. In the novels, Sadric is a PosthumousCharacter but in the [[{{Prequel}} prequel]] comic, ''Elric: Making of a Sorcerer'', we get to actually see him interacting with his son. In the comic, Sadric seems to be occasionally genuinely worried about his son's wellbeing and it is hypothesized by Cymoril that at least a part of him loves Elric even though he claims to spurn him.
* Invoked in ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'', when the universally beloved Queen Sasha dies giving birth to the rather useless Prince Thomas. Thomas imagines that not only his father, but pretty much everyone in the kingdom is thinking, "We lost your mother, and we got you instead?"
* ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'': Baba blames his son Amir for the death of his wife.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Tywin Lannister loathes his son Tyrion, because Tywin's wife, Joanna (who was pretty much Tywin's MoralityChain) died giving birth to Tyrion. The fact that Tyrion was born with dwarfism and other deformities doesn't help. Tywin only acknowledges Tyrion as his son to the extent necessary under social norms, and openly tells Tyrion that if it wasn't for the love Tywin bore his mother, Tywin would have left him to die at birth.
** This is also a part of Daenerys's backstory, whose mother also died giving birth to her while her mother and brother were on the run from assassins. For that, her narration states, her older brother [[FallenPrincess Viserys]] had never forgiven her, although he continued to care for her until his StartOfDarkness.
* In the prologue to ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Unnatural Issue]]'', Richard Whitestone's wife dies giving birth to Suzanne. Richard immediately blames Suzanne:
--> No, it was this interloper that had murdered his beloved.
* The ''Literature/GreatAltaSaga'' starts off with the heroine's mother dying in childbirth and the father handing the new baby over to the midwife to be fostered, because he can't love the child who killed his wife.
* Shadarii suffers from this in A Whisper Of Wings by Paul Kidd, although it's more a case of her mother dying in egg-laying (the anthroporphic butterfly-winged fox race lay eggs) and suffering mostly hate from her older sister and indifference from her father.

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* The original ''FalloutEquestria'' has Deadshot Calamity be the victim of this. Not only was it how he got his name, but his father hated him because of it.

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* In quite possibly the only justified example on this page, ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is particularly furious at season 4 BigBad Jasmine, whose birth put Angel's LoveInterest into a coma. It's justified because Jasmine manipulated/possessed Cordelia to create the conditions so that she could essentially give birth to herself using Cordelia's body.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' has a client hire the Dollhouse to program a mother for his newborn whose actual mother died in childbirth. He blamed the baby and could not give him the love he needed. In a rare subversion, the client knew it was irrational and still wanted the child to be loved which was why he had them program Echo to think she was his mother. By the end of the episode, he's gotten over his issues and takes care of his son on his own.
* Like the books, Tywin Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' makes no effort to hide the fact that he blames his dwarf son for his wife's DeathByChildbirth.
** Cersei also blames Tyrion for their mother's death, and after Tyrion makes a joke about [[BrotherSisterIncest her hidden relationship with Jaime]] she makes an even crueler taunt that Joanna died for his sake, which should be Tyrion's greatest joke. Jaime is in fact the only one who loves Tyrion unconditionally.
* A good portion of Ben Linus' FreudianExcuse on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was the ill-feeling his father Roger Linus seemed to have for him due to his mother's death in childbirth.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: In JapaneseMythology, the god Izanagi ends up killing his son Kagutsuchi because his wife Izanami died giving birth to him.
* {{Subverted}} in Literature/TheBible: Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel, dies in childbirth with her second child, Benjamin. He and Rachel's other son, Joseph, are Jacob's favorite children, and Jacob becomes especially protective of Benjamin after Joseph's "[[DeathFakedForYou death]]."
** Also worth noting: Rachel named him Ben-Oni, which means "[[UnfortunateNames son of my pain]]." Jacob opted for Benjamin, "son (born in) the wilderness."

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* In her Autobiography, Adeline Yen Mah states that her birth mother died shortly after her birth, causing her siblings to resent her.

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* In the musical of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', Elphaba is blamed for her mother's death, even though she died after giving birth to her ''younger'' sister, Nessarose. Their father wanted to make sure there were no more green kids in the family, so he made the mother chew milkweed pods. The result was a fair skinned but crippled daughter and the mother died soon afterwards.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': After Gau's mother died giving birth to him, his father was driven to insanity, thought he was a demon and threw him out into the wild.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has Psycho Mantis. His father held a great deal of resentment towards him for his whole life, and then tried to kill him when his psychic powers emerged.

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* In ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony,'' Apple Bloom's parents committed suicide for unknown reasons, and Granny Smith blames her for it. It's unclear if Granny actually believes it, or if she's deliberately invoking this trope to screw with Apple Bloom's mind.
* While it's left ambiguous, Tygra of the ''{{WesternAnimation/ThunderCats 2011}}'' series may blame Lion-O for the death of his adoptive mother. Of course her being delicate waif at the time of Lion-O's birth has probably never accord to him.