"Ain't it dazzling? The light of a new life... and the fading of yours. It's like a painting."Within an episode (or chapter or scene), someone is born or a pregnancy is revealed and someone else dies, emphasizing the cycle of life. A supertrope of Death by Childbirth, but includes all the cases where the death is not the mother. The Phoenix is a symbol of the motif. Also a form of Ironic Juxtaposition. Compare Babies Ever After, Dead Guy Junior, Someone to Remember Him By, Coming and Going (where someone might be conceived), and Life/Death Juxtaposition (where the general concept of "life" is juxtaposed with that of "death"). As a Death Trope, ALL SPOILERS will be unmarked ahead. Beware.
— Capone "Gang" Bege, One Piece
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Anime and Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia features a some tragic examples with the births and deaths of nations. Nations like Greece and Egypt only became countries themselves after their mothers died. The same goes for the Italies with their grandfather, the British Isle brothers and their mother Britannia, the Germanic nations and Germania, and even Hungary and Magyar. There are possibly many other examples we are not yet aware of, but the fact remains that many of the nations had to lose their parents in order to succeed them and come into their own as countries, in a way being reborn.
- In Sengoku Youko, Shakugan turns herself into a rock just as she hears the birth cries of two babies, whom she saves by doing so. She's technically not dead, but it could take anywhere from years to several millennia before she can take sentient form again, according to Elder Rock.
- Ben and Cross's puppies are born right after a bloody battle in Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin. Notably, Kisaragi's own puppies were killed by the bears during it.
- When a Digimon dies, their data is recycled into a new Digiegg. The only exceptions are in Digimon Tamers and in Digimon SAT when a digimon is blasted by Kurata's machines.
- When it depicts the bombing of Hiroshima itself, Barefoot Gen features Gen helping his mother Kimie give birth to his sister Tomoko within pages of the rest of the immediate family burning to death in the ruins of their home. Sadly, baby Tomoko does not survive, because Kimie is starving and her milk dries up as a result.
- In Millennium Actress, Chiyoko is born in a great earthquake that took her father's life. Chiyoko expresses the belief that he died so she could be born.
- In Bokurano, Maki Anou's battle happens around the time her baby brother is born. With the power of Zearth, she's able to witness it before she dies, even getting to briefly hold the newborn in her arms.
- The end of Romeo X Juliet mixes this with Babies Ever After, as Romeo and Juliet die but the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue shows the Beta Couple of Benvolio and Cordelia with their firstborn.
- This technically happened in Dragonball Z, where Goku got Chi Chi pregnant just before dying in the Cell games, but it's not shown that Chi Chi had a son (Goten) until several episodes later (seven years in the storyline).
- In the fast-paced anime movie Dead Leaves, one of the focuses is on the conception, birth, aging and death of the main characters' baby, all in one day!
- In Higurashi: When They Cry, Akasaka's wife dies (from falling down the stairs while pregnant, so it's not exactly Death by Childbirth) but the baby survives.
- In Ayashi no Ceres, it is revealed the Aya is pregnant just as Toya, the father, is being killed by Mikage. He does live to tell (but barely) due to being the Living MacGuffin, but later he explains to Yuuhi that he is slowly dying anyway as his powers are fading away, and with them, his life.
- In Mawaru-Penguindrum, Momoka Oginome dies the same day when her baby sister Ringo and the Takakura boys are born.
- In Naruto Kurenai is revealed to be pregnant after Asuma is killed.
- InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler: The film opens with Inuyasha's birth, with his mother Izayoi dying in the process as a result of Takemaru stabbing her with a spear. When the Inu-no-Taisho arrives, he uses Tenseiga to resurrect Izayoi, and then subsequently dies fighting off Takemaru.
- X-Men #198, "Lifedeath II", has Storm traveling to a small African village that can only support a specific number of people, so whenever a child is born, an elder must die.
- Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?: Batman's spirit is guided to whatever awaits by a vision of his mother Martha, before the final splash page shows the birth of Bruce Wayne, emphasizing the theme that Batman is something of a permanent fixture in Gotham City.
- Lampshaded in The Maxx - the Leopard Queen dies, but baby leopards appear in Julie's Outback, leading her to comment, "laying it on a little thick, aren't we?"
- There are several examples in ElfQuest comics.
- There's a moment in The Rebels where the gang is led to believe that the funeral over the death of one colonist will include the sacrifice of a boy as well. Turns out it's just his coming-of-age ceremony... but the ceremony developed from a time when they did kill someone to "accompany" the dead, in part to ease a situation of overcrowding and low resources.
- In Shards, Krim and Skot declare before a battle that they kind of want to die this time, as they think they lived long enough for ones of their tribe. After Skot manages just that, Krim is all the more determined to die of her wounds until she's told that she's pregnant. After that she wants to live to protect the child and she does.
- There's also a Recognition (inducing pregnancy) at the beginning of that storyline, as well as the death of another elf during the fights, so it evens out perfectly across the arc, for the elves at least.
- In the story Rogue's Challenge, the Wolfrider elders discuss this cycle of life, making the lack of death, or at least danger, responsible for a lack of births. 
- And again in The Final Quest special.
- The final issue of the (supposedly) final Love and Capes mini-series deals with the death of Windstar, a member of the Liberty League, and also Mark and Abby's Real Estate Agent, in which role he has been prominent throughout the previous four issues. After the League's memorial gathering, Amazonia tells Abby that the tradition on her world is for mourners to undertake "life-affirming" activities. Abby thinks this is a good idea and suggests it to Mark once they're at home again. The issue ends with Abby announcing that she's pregnant.
- The last page of the Squadron Supreme miniseries features the surviving Squadron members mourning the loss of their dead members in the morgue, as well as Arcanna successfully giving birth to her fourth child as the very last panel.
- In The Kingdom (DC), soon after Kingdom Come Superman and Wonder Woman's child is born, Gog arrives and kills a bunch of Amazons on Themyscira in order to kidnap the child.
- In a The Lion King Fan Fic Pride Lands: Generations, one character (the Large and in Charge king) was torn apart by a pack of jackals while the Starcrossed Lovers were conceiving their cub—with intercuts between the scenes. The fact the dying character was the ancestor of Mufasa and Simba, while those having sex were the ancestors of Zira, only made the juxtaposition all the more meaningful. Looking back, it seems horribly Anvilicious now, but it seemed like a good idea at the time—it's the Circle of Life, after all.
- In Warrior's Secret, Meta Knight dies and in the next chapter Fumu and Bun's younger sibling is born (and named in honor of the dead character). But considering the nature of Star Warriors...
- In A Study in Regret, Mary Watson discovers her pregnancy while on her quest to find her husband. She soon discovers that Dr. Watson has been killed, and that Colonel Moran now wishes to get revenge on Sherlock Holmes by murdering her and her child.
- In Chapter 13 of the Superjail! fanfic Extended Stay, the priest in charge is captured, seduced, and killed by one of the female inmates while trying to escape the riot that is going on at the Warden and the Mistress's wedding. At the same time, Mistress is in preterm labor and eventually gives birth to surprise twins.
- As an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic, Kyoshi Rising follows a similar example to the one below; Avatar Kuruk dies quelling a storm at the North Pole, and the next scene has his successor Kyoshi born in a small Earth Kingdom village to the south.
- In the Touhou fanfic Gensokyo 20XX, 20XXV, we have Yume Ni's death of illness taking place around the time when Ran found out she was pregnant, as Chen noted, earlier in said chapter, and, later, lampshading it.
- Chen: Tragedy juxtaposed joy in that scenario and it was through a cruel hand that she had to die so new ones could be born, the ones she'll never get to see. For something to be born, room must be made and someone has to die and, for every thing born, something dies. She died before they were to even be born. She's passed away and Ran-mommie has yet to even give birth.
Films — Animation
- The Lion King, definitely. Simba is born and presented at the beginning, Mufasa dies towards the middle of the movie, and then Simba and Nala have a new daughter (Kiara) who is presented at the end of the movie.
"It's the CIIIIIRCLE of LIIIIIFE..."
- In Mary and Max, Mary and her baby arrive to visit Max just after he's died.
Films — Live-Action
- Blue Lagoon: Immediately after witnessing a native being ritually sacrificed in the sacred place, Richard runs back to find Emmeline. He finds her wailing from labor pains.
- Also a less obvious example in that they eventually name the baby Paddy. Paddy was their foster-father figure who died and left them all alone on the island. Since they had learned very little of the realities of the world at the time of their marooning, it could be said that the original Paddy is the source of their entire concept of death.
- Man with a Movie Camera, a visual collage of life in the Soviet Union in The Twenties, juxtaposis shots of a funeral procession and people mourning at tombstones with shots of a hospital nursery and a woman giving birth.
- The dramatic climax of Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. Padme dies immediately after Luke and Leia are born, and Darth Vader is "reborn" as Anakin Skywalker "dies". Darth Vader's first breath is juxtaposed against Padme's last.
- The opening hospital scene of Blade with Blade's mother dying from her vampire inflicted wound while giving birth to him.
- The baptism/execution sequence from the end of The Godfather where Michael became the Godfather in both senses of the term. OK. Not quite a birth, but close enough.
- Alien³: Dillon gives the speech about rebirth as Newt and Hicks are cremated just as the new Alien is reborn.
- Steel Magnolias. At the very end of the film, Annelle heads to the hospital to give birth to her child. Earlier, Annelle had asked M'lynn if she minded her and her husband naming the child after her daughter Shelby, whose funeral had been earlier that day. The film begins with a wedding, has a funeral near the end, and ends during an Easter celebration and egg hunt.
- Turner & Hooch, Hooch dies, but shortly after, a new litter of puppies are born and one of them has a striking resemblance to Hooch.
- Star Trek:'
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan did a variation where the shots of Kirk racing to get to Spock before he dies are intercut with the birth of the Genesis planet. He lampshades this during his eulogy for Spock afterwards.
- In the 2009 Star Trek movie, James Kirk is born in the opening sequence seconds before his father dies.
- Referenced in Addams Family Values:
Morticia: Children, do you believe that when a new child is born, one of the older children must die?Wednesday and Pugsley: Yes.Morticia: That's just not true.Grandmama: (sigh) Not anymore.
- In the remake Children of the Corn (2009), the main character stumbles around a cornfield, finding the dead bodies of all the evil cult members he'd killed. Interspliced with this scene is another of a creepy ceremony where the cult gathers around to watch one of their members knock up the obligatory horror-flick naked babe. Technically more a Conception/Death Juxtaposition than Birth/Death, but close enough.
- At the end of The Big Lebowski the Dude's annoying friend Donny dies of cardiac infarction; the narrator later tells the audience that Maude is pregnant.
- In the beginning of the 2009 film Evil Angel (with Ving Rhames), a crazed man haunted by Lilith commits suicide by jumping off of a building. Inside of that building, a woman gives birth at the exact time the man dies.
- Om Shanti Om: when Om dies in the hospital, a mother gives birth in the next room. The baby turns out to be Om reincarnated.
- In Species II, we see women impregnated by an alien dying and giving birth to their gruesome offspring. Other scenes simply show the alien baby sitting beside its mother's bloody corpse.
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai starts with the birth of Anjali and the death of her mother Tina.
- In the movie Angus, the titular character's father died as his mother gave birth to him.
Angus Bethune: My mother was in labor with me for two days, but it was my father who died during childbirth. He had a heart attack waiting for her to deliver.
- After Sandra Bullock's character's husband dies in Premonition, the ending shows her pregnant a few months later, with the child that she conceived with her husband the night before he died.
- Not exactly to the trope, but the alternative(original) ending of John Q. fits. In this ending, the titular character dies, but his heart is given to his son, who needs a transplant.
- A twisted subversion occurs in the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004), wherein one of the refugees was hugely pregnant when she was bitten by a zombie. She turns into a zombie, and her husband just keeps her tied up in a back room until she gives birth... to an infant who is also a zombie.
- In America is climaxing in a hospital scene showing the birth of the new baby and the death of Mateo.
- The Tear Jerker Cleansing of the House montage from the end of the first Children of Dune film (which, incidentally, combines this trope with Death by Childbirth), all set to the tune of a One-Woman Wail. The cleansing includes the executions of Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam and Guild Navigator Edric. It's even shown that the Reverend Mother figures out her fate shortly before that with the use of her Tarot-like cards and doesn't even turn when Stilgar approaches her to slice her throat.
- The Trap (Serbian: "Klopka") revolves around the Sadistic Choice of taking a life to save another. This idea is portrayed in one scene where the ailing son in hospital is saved from a seizure attack while the father shoots a man he is hired to kill, so he could raise money for his son's life-saving operation.
- Mystic River: Jimmy's oldest daughter is murdered the day of his younger twin daughters first communion.
- There's a legend that when someone is born under the sign of Scorpio, someone in the family has just died or is about to die, and when a Scorpio dies there is a birth in the family.
- The Culture have a custom of doing this whenever somebody dies of old age. Of course, being The Culture, they don't really have to die. It's just social expectation for them to die of old age after a long life. And it isn't necessarily a birth; it could be somebody being resurrected from long-term electronic storage.
- In Orson Scott Card's The Tales of Alvin Maker series, Alvin has six older brothers, making him the seventh son of a seventh son... but the eldest brother, Vigor, dies moments after Alvin's birth. In fact, the only reason he didn't die before Alvin was born was because he clung to life out of sheer determination to make sure Alvin would be born as a seventh son of a seventh son, and thus have the Knack of Making.
- In Robert A. Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil, this happens to the bent protagonist at the end as s/he dies in giving birth.
- In The Stand, one of the survivors of the superflu is a pregnant woman who gives birth after most of the human population is wiped out.
- The Fireman: At the very end of the book, Harper gives birth, just after John dies. And, you know, most of the rest of humanity.
- In Lois Lowry's Anastasia Krupnik, the titular character's grandmother died on the same day as her baby brother is born.
- In Lois Mc Master Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, Alys Vorpatril is 36 hours into her labor when her husband Padma Vorpatril is fatally shot in front of her, and she delivers her son about an hour later.
- In the beginning of Nora Roberts' Born in Shame, Shannon's mother dies in New York as Brianna gives birth in Ireland.
- Used in the first book of The Dark Elf Trilogy. While his family was in the midst of a stealth attack on a rival house, Drizzt was born minutes before his eldest brother, Nalfein, was stabbed from behind by middle brother Dinin. The tenets of drow society cause the two parts of this trope to be linked, as the only reason Drizzt was not sacrificed moments later was because his brother had died: if a newborn male child would result in three or more living male children, then every third such birth must be sacrificed. Nalfein's death put the Do'Urden family under the limit, and Drizzt lived to see another day.
- This is the story behind Miracle, the protagonist of the novel Dancing on the Edge, whose mother was hit by an ambulance, but Miracle survived. Later it's revealed that her mother was attempting to commit suicide and stepped in front of the ambulance on purpose.
- In the Adrian Mole series, elderly Queenie dies shortly after Adrian's sister is born, and at the funeral he reflects that Queenie must have died so as to "make way" for the baby.
- Harry Potter (of course) has a symbolic 'rebirth' (surviving the first attempt on his life, and being adopted) the same night his parents are murdered. Later on, Cedric Diggory is killed before Voldemort's resurrection (which involves nearly killing Harry, again). There's also Trelawney's prophecy, connecting Harry and Voldemort in birth and death. And just to make sure the symbolism is clear, the two of them also are linked by phoenix feathers in their wands. Also, the birth of Teddy Lupin followed closely by the deaths of his parents.
- In Dean Koontz' Life Expectancy, protagonist Jimmy is born at the same minute his grandfather dies.
- Not birth exactly, but similar: in The Grapes of Wrath, Rose of Sharon (who's pregnant) and her husband have sex as the family arrives in California. When they get there they discover the grandmother is dead, and Rose of Sharon is horrified as she considers the juxtaposition.
- In N. Perumow's Hierward Chronicles, there are Elemental Mages, which are personalized powers. Those powers can only belong to one generation, so if one of the mages has children, they all begin to lose their powers and die (unless they can secure some auxiliary magic source, but even they are vulnerable, whereas before they just re-spawned if killed). Conversely, if all Mage are wiped out, new are spawned by magic.
- Song of Solomon begins with a man named Robert Smith on the roof of the hospital, falling to his death as he attempts to fly with a suit he has created. One of the women in the crowd of onlookers goes into labor, and the next day gives birth to the protagonist, Milkman, becomes the first black child born in that same hospital. He then grows up and learns to fly himself. Sort of/maybe.
- Enforced out of necessity, due to limited resources, at the beginning of Robert Silverberg's At Winter's End. Almost no one's allowed to conceive a child to begin with; the few who are allowed to procreate are required to wait until someone's committed ritual suicide at the allotted age.
- Warrior Cats: Cinderpelt dies shortly before Cinderkit is born.
- Used towards the end of The End, the final book of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Count Olaf (whose Contractual Boss Immunity seemed to have finally expired) dies right before Kit Snicket (implied to have been related to the Lemony Narrator) gives birth to her child, and Kit herself dies soon afterward.
- In A Yellow Raft In Blue Water, Christine Taylor's daughter Rayona is born around the time she receives word that her brother Lee dies in Vietnam.
- Septimus Heap: Played With, since Jenna is rescued by Marcia just as the Queen dies, and she is adopted by the Heaps just as their child dies.
- The Last Dragon Chronicles: Zanna's pregnancy is announced shortly after David's apparent death.
- In the background to A Song of Ice and Fire, Prince Rhaegar (himself long dead by the time the story proper starts, though no less an important figure in it) was born on the same day that his great-grandfather, King Aegon V, died in the Tragedy at Summerhall.
- In the actual story, Drogo dying the same night Dany's dragons are hatched. They are the first living dragons in over a hundred years.
- The Village Tales novels are big on these, especially The Day Thou Gavest. Justified in that they are Slice of Life novels, and especially justified in The Day Thou Gavest owing to its being a Day in the Life of the whole rural District.
- In James Joyce's Ulysses, an early chapter has Leopold Bloom attending a funeral for his old acquaintance Patrick "Paddy" Dignam, who recently died of a heart attack. Two chapters later, he learns that his old acquaintance Mina Purefoy is in labor in a maternity hospital, and about to give birth to her first child. Bloom later visits her in the hospital to wish her well, underscoring the connection between the two events.
Live Action TV
- Done in the Farscape series finale. D'Argo dies right after Aeryn gives birth during a battle. They decide to name the kid after him.
- The first episode ("33") of the series proper of Battlestar Galactica (2003) has people dying left and right throughout, and in the very last scene the characters get word that a baby was born in the fleet.
- In Charmed, Kid from the Future Chris dies while he is born. (It makes sense in context.)
- In the final episode of Desperate Housewives there is a montage that intercuts the final moments of Mrs. Mccluskey with the birth of Julie's daughter.
- Friends: when Phoebe's grandmother dies, Monica rushes in and tells the group that a couple is having sex in a car outside. The rest of the gang tries to tell her that now isn't the time; but Phoebe isn't that disappointed. "It's kinda cool. 'Cause it's like, you know, one life ends and another begins." Monica leans down and whispers to the others, "Not the way they're doing it."
- Community: In the episode where the story is about the death of Pierce's mother, Abed's story in the background is about a Greendale student going into labor.
- Game of Thrones: Ramsay murders his father the day Lady Walda Frey gives birth to their son, his half-brother. He then has his dogs tear apart Walda and the baby.
- Growing Pains: in the episode in which Chrissy is born, Ben befriends an elderly patient, Chris, who dies.
- Home and Away - Kitt's baby is born, but then she finds out Beth (her mother) has just been hit by a truck.
- The House episode "Babies And Bathwater" is all over this trope, climaxing with saving the baby by emergency C-section while the mother bleeds out.
- Lost: "Do No Harm." Boone dies, and Aaron is born.
- NCIS: In "Newborn King." The poor woman gives birth in the backseat of a broken down car, parked in a gas station garage, in a blizzard, on Christmas, during a shootout with Russian mercenaries who want to kill her and kidnap her child, with Gibbs as the midwife. This is interspersed with a desperately outnumbered and outgunned Ziva singlehandedly defending them against an onslaught of Russian mercenaries.
- Toyed with in Scrubs: Dr. Cox doesn't want his daughter's birth to be announced until later, over concern that her birth will forever be associated with Laverne's death. His son Jack's birthday had already been associated with Ben's death in an earlier episode; rather than having a birthday party the had planned for him, they had a funeral.
- JD explicitly states that this is one of the beautiful things about working in a hospital in the episode "My Philosophy", such as patients receiving life-saving donor organs from someone who just died or (unfortunately) the possible death of either a mother or child to save the other's life. He refers to it as the "circle of life" (he likes that lion cub).
- The episode of Sesame Street where Big Bird finds out Mr. Hooper died ends with a scene where Big Bird (after hanging his drawing of Mr. Hooper on his wall as a memorial to him) is introduced to a friend's new baby.
- Mad Men: One episode after the death of her father Eugene, Betty Draper gives birth to a son (all the while seeing hallucinations of her recently-deceased dad). She decides to call him Eugene.
- Alluded to towards the end of Rebelde Way. Blas dies around the same time Feli knows of her pregnancy.
- Among the guest stars on Robin Hood was a mother and daughter; as the daughter is giving birth to her own child, her mother (having been accused of witchcraft) is being dunked in the lake. Averted considering the mother is saved, but her near-execution is inter-cut with scenes of her daughter in labour.
- The final episode of Six Feet Under begins with a birth, while every previous episode began with a death. Played with by having the baby barely live through birth, though he turns out fine in the end.
- In the infamous "Love's Labor Lost" episode, a woman dies in childbirth.
- This bookends the aptly titled episode "Motherhood", which starts out with Dr. Susan Lewis delivering her sister's baby and concludes with the death of Dr. Peter Benton's elderly mother.
- And it's played out literally in the episode "Great Expectations"—as Carol gives birth, an elderly woman in the room next door dies of renal failure.
- In the third season finale of Private Practice Maya (who is pregnant) and her midwife, Dell, are hit by a drunk driver. The baby is born prematurely and survives, Dell dies.
- Barney Miller had a New Year's Eve episode like this. An extremely pregnant lady is brought into the station house as Fish goes out to talk a suicidal man from jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. The pregnant lady gives birth in Barney's office, helped by Liz and Wojo, who's had experience in Vietnam. Fish returns, looking haggard. Greeted with "Hey, we had a baby!" he replies "You win one, you lose one."
- Law & Order: UK: DS Ronnie Brooks gushes to partner DS Matt Devlin about the birth of his grandson. Within minutes, Devlin is gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
- More like birthday, but in the episode "Hard Stop", DI Wes Leyton celebrates his birthday with his fellow officers, leaves for a celebratory dinner with his wife. . .and is shot to death in the station parking lot.
- On Law & Order, Briscoe and Green spend a chaotic day investigating several crimes, including the disappearance of an expectant mother, who they fear has been murdered by her adulterous husband. Fortunately, the woman is found alive (she had actually been kidnapped by a deranged woman who wanted to steal her baby)—but in labor. Briscoe later comments that it was actually nice to have one good thing happen among the slew of murders that they dealt with that day.
- Designing Women does this. There's a baby being born and an older lady dying, and a teary scene with Dolly Parton as an angel.
- In the Dutch drama series Dokter Deen, this is done very, very blatantly. The titular doctor is asked by the former principal of the orphanage she was in to "help her die" before the cancer does. After consulting another doctor about this, she is given the green light to euthanise the old woman and doctor Deen talks to her for a few moments before administering the medication... only to be interrupted in their talk by a phone call about another of her patients, who is going into labor.
- On The X-Files episode "Existence," the scene where Scully gives birth is cut with scenes of a high-speed chase that ends with Alex Krycek's death.
- In "Paper Clip", the trope is directly referenced by Navajo medicine man Albert Hosteen, who says that each time a life begins on Earth another must end. Scully's sister Melissa, who was shot in the previous episode, spends most of this one hospitalized, and Hosteen takes the birth of a white buffalo calf within his reservation as a bad sign.
- In the first episode of The City Hunter, Yun Sung's birth is intercut with the carnage of a bomb aimed at the Korean President.
- In Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley, who dies shortly after his wife Mary gives birth.
- Call the Midwife absolutely loves this trope - it occurs basically once an episode (unsurprising, given the subject matter).
- In the first season finale of The Borgias, Lucrezia gives birth in Rome while a plague hits Naples.
- The first season finale of Continuum features both the death and the birth of Edouard Kagame, in that order.
- Under the Dome played it extremely straight - Alice the doctor died after delivering a baby, which the new mother named Alice in her honor.
- In The White Queen Elizabeth Woodville gave birth to a son while her mother Jacquetta was dying. Sadly, her son did not live long either. In the end, her son and her mother died together.
- Breaking Bad has the episode "Phoenix", where Holly White's birth and Jane Margolis' death occur in the same episode. The episode's Double-Meaning Title references this, invoking the myth of the phoenix.
- In an episode of Diagnosis: Murder, a teenage girl registered as an organ donor is murdered and her eyes go to a blind woman. While not a literal birth in this case, the blind woman is reborn in some sense.
- In Doctor Who, the Tenth Doctor evokes this regarding the Time Lord's ability to regenerate when mortally wounded, since it's the death of one version of him and the birth of another, who both is and is not "him".
The Doctor: I'm dead... and a new man saunters away.
- Done in Rookie Blue. Tracy is with Noelle the whole time while the latter is in labour, and once the baby is born she is called by Andy and informed that Jerry, her fiancé, has been killed.
- Bones: In "The Hole in the Heart", Vincent Nigel-Murray is murdered, and Brennan winds up in bed with Booth, seeking comfort over the loss of her favorite intern. The following episode, "The Change in the Game", ends with Angela giving birth and Brennan announcing that she is pregnant with Booth's child. "X": Booth (and the audience) learns Daisy is pregnant with Sweets' son and the episode ends not just with Sweets' death but his autopsy.
- In the second-season opening episode of the police drama High Incident, Officer Gayle Van Camp is wounded in a shoot-out and rushed to the hospital. It initially appears that she's going to be okay, but then she develops a pulmonary embolism...just as another officer's wife goes into labor in the same hospital. The scene cross-cuts between the two women as one gives birth and the other dies. Lampshaded by the title of the episode: "Hello/Goodbye."
- The season three finale of Saving Hope features the birth of Alex's baby and the death of Joel, who was possibly the baby's father.
- Season seven of Royal Pains ends with Divya going to visit her critically ill grandmother while Evan and Paige prepare for the birth of the child they plan to adopt. Right around when Divya discovers her grandmother has already died, the mother of Evan and Paige's child goes into labor. The shots of the birth are then intercut with the shots of the funeral.
- Scorpion has this in the ominously titled episode "Arrivals and Departures". The case of the week involves an outbreak of an ancient fungus in the hospital where Walter's sister Megan is confined. Toby and Happy get trapped in the hospital's cafeteria along with a very pregnant lady. By the episode's climax, the fungus has been contained, allowing the woman to give birth safely, while Walter's family gathers to see his sister die.
- On General Hospital, BJ Jones was killed in a school bus accident and her heart was donated to her ailing cousin Maxie. Her relieved parents celebrated by making love—and conceived their second child.
- In the Arrow season 3 premiere, Lyla and Diggle's baby is born, and the episode ends with Sara Lance's murder. In the next episode, the baby is named Sara.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager Grand Finale "Endgame", Tom Paris and B'elanna Torres' child is born as the future Admiral Katherine Janeway, the Borg Queen, and most of the Borg Collective die.
- In Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, after the Zyurangers succeed in finally recovering the dinosaur eggs, Burai reflects that soon dinosaur babies will be born while his life is nearing its end.
- Sense8: Riley's husband dies just prior to her delivering their daughter. Then the baby dies too.
- Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto" chronicles a guy's life from birth to his murder, and as he dies, another baby is born, with the suggestion that his fate will be the same.
- The main theme of Live's "Lightning Crashes".
- Edwin's "Alive" explicitly evokes the trope in one line.
- "And When I Die", by Laura Nyro (Covered Up by Blood, Sweat & Tears)
- Not quite the same, but Bruce Springsteen's "Reason to Believe" has a verse that begins with a baby being baptized, and ends with a man being buried.
- A similar theme in "The Weight She Fell Under" by Parenthetical Girls. After describing the girl's death,
Strange, this would come at the same agethat your mother took his nameand labor pains would collapse her fragile frame
- Going along with the Lost entry above, Michael Giacchino even named the music that plays during the montage "Life and Death"
- Done in "The Breath You Take" by George Strait. The narrator's father takes his last breath in the same day that the narrator's son is born.
- Dave Matthews Band's song "Funny the Way it Is," includes a reference to this among other things.
- In Pink Floyd's The Wall (both the album and the film), at the end of the song "In The Flesh?" we hear an airplane coming down for a bombing dive, implying on the album (and showing in the film) the death of Pink's father, and just right after, the sound of Pink crying, announcing his birth to the world at the beginning of "The Thin Ice".
- A metaphorical example is found in "Comfortably Numb". After crossing the Despair Event Horizon and having a Freak-Out for the last half a dozen songs or so, Pink gets injected with drugs so that he can go perform his next show. It's in this moment where the "worms" eat into his brain and his delusions (or maybe not) of being Neo-Nazi begin.
- The second verse of "Two Teardrops" by Steve Wariner:
Last night I sat in the waiting roomThe nurse walked in and gave me the newsIt's a baby girl and they're both fineAn old man sittin' not 10 feet awayJust lost his wife and he said to meYou've got a brand new angel and I've lost mineI guess the good Lord giveth and the good Lord taketh awayAnd we both wiped a teardrop from our face…
- Invoked in a subtle way by avant-garde composer Joseph Byrd on his 1969 album The American Metaphysical Circus. The second-to-last track, "Leisure World" is a fake ad for a retirement community (voiced by Ernie Anderson) but toward the end we hear the sounds of a man moaning in pain. After a pause the album ends with an instrumental reprise of an earlier song on the album, sounding like it's being played by a mobile on a baby's crib.
- Embrace's Music Video for "All You Good Good People" does this with the execution of a condemned murderer followed by the birth of a baby.
- "Everytime" by Britney Spears. She got better.
- Many mythological creatures exist - namely The Phoenix. In fact, a lot of the references you have are references to the cycle. Including anything that has a phoenix in it.
- In the final scene of The Insect Play, all the recurring characters are dying, but a human couple have a newborn baby.
- Rock of Ages ends with bar owner Dennis perishing by unknown reason, followed by Drew and Sherrie conceiving. To make things all the more joyful for the finale, Dennis reappears as an angel and shoots glitter everywhere, and the birth of the baby via Express Delivery
- In Shining Force III it is referenced that Gracia was born at the moment that Julian's father died.
- Unicorns in Tales of Symphonia apparently work like this. The instant one dies, another is born.
- The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny Sound Stage where the Materials meet the StrikerS cast during the time of Vivid reveal that, in the A's Portable Alternate Timeline, Reinforce Eins died shortly after the birth of Reinforce Zwei.
- The opening cutscene of Pharaoh has the current ruler explaining to his son the death of his own father right around the time of the kid's birth.
- Mandus' epic closing lines in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, about his and the machine's death at the beginning of the 20th century.
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures , there are always 2,438,165 Fae. When one dies, their relatives get to auction the rights to have a kid, or a random Fae becomes a parent all of a sudden.
- In Anders Loves Maria, the titular Maria gives birth and dies, while one of the other characters is busy catapulting herself off a bridge.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, a human with fire-elemental blood passes their life force onto their first child. They grow weaker as the child grows older, and die when the child is about 12 years old. Surma Carver was one such person; her daughter Antimony only learns of these facts, and that she'll go through the same thing as well, three years after Surma's death.
- Homestuck: All the newly born ecto-biological children arrive on earth through meteors and a few characters die. John crashes and kills his Grandmother (actually ecto-biological mother) under a joke book. Jade's Grandfather carried a flintlock with him and accidentally discharges it into Colonel Sassacre, Dave arrives with Maplehoof and she dies on impact, and Rose kills all the marine life in the lake she lands in. Each is then picked up by their guardian and taken to be raised.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar Roku's death a hundred years ago is shown, followed by a scene of the birth of Aang. More generally, whenever an Avatar dies the next Avatar is born within the hour.
- Played with in The Legend of Korra. Pema's baby is born on the same day that the Equalists attack Republic City. The "death" in this case is not that of a person but of Republic City (as we know it, anyway).
- In the episode "Beginnings" Wan has bonded with Raava, and they become the Avatar, fighting to maintain peace among the humans. Years later, we see an aged Wan, dying alone on an unknown battlefield, regretting that they could not keep the peace. Raava says she'll always be with him in all of his lifetimes, as he breaths his last breath and she leaves his body. The screen fades to white and a baby's cry is heard, symbolizing the beginning of the Avatar Cycle and the birth of the second Avatar.
- In ThunderCats (2011), the Petalars are introduced as a new baby is born. A wizened elder welcomes him into the world with a philosophic Final Speech, then peacefully collapses and withers away moments later.
- Season 11 of the The Simpsons has this in a way. Shortly after the birth of the Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets, Maude Flanders is written off seven episodes later.
- The final episode of the Life series of Once Upon a Time shows the birth of the protagonist's son and the death of his grandfather due to old age, highlighting the continuity of life and Book Ending the series.
- In the Bobby's World episode "The Music" Bobby befriends an elderly crossing guard with a love of music who dies near the end, three episodes later his twin baby brothers are born.
- One Wild Kratts special features a school of salmon that complete migration, lay their eggs, and die. The eggs hatch into guppies and restart the salmon life cycle.
- A real life example - this man once wrote into a magazine about how his wife suffered a fatal injury during a motorcycling accident. She died, but their son was born prematurely.
- In superb Real Life situations of nightmares, at least two or three women near the end of pregnancy have been murdered by other women (usually the killer has medical training) in order to cut out and steal their children.
- A young British man was murdered at a bus stop while going to see his new baby in hospital.
- In a less tragic example, two of the earliest users of the internet itself were the military... and the porn industry.
- As a child, Surrealist artist Max Ernst's pet bird died just before his sister was born. He thereafter associated himself with a bird.
- A story from a Pakistan Earthquake. A woman was found dead in the rubble, but her newborn in her arms was safe.
- The months after 9/11—as well as a recent special—featured the stories of women who were pregnant that day (many of whom were near to their delivery date) but lost their husbands in the attacks.