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10:38 Feb 26, 2001
English to Portuguese translations [PRO] Medical
English term or phrase:She was being delivered not giving birth.
I just want to understand the diference between "giving birth" and "delivered in the obstetrics context. ok
Explanation: As a native, I can only interpret the sentence as follows:
It's the serious subject of 'obstetrics' so it's unlikely there's any play on words.
'To deliver a baby' can imply that the mother 'gave birth' or that a doctor/midwife assisted her. Example sentences:
The midwife delivered the baby successfully (FOR the mother)
The mother delivered twins (she GAVE BIRTH..)
One interpretation (with an unintentional juxtapositioning of two terms that could be interpreted as having similar/identical meanings) is to my mind, that the person was delivered to a PLACE (e.g. the hospital), possibly with symptoms, but not actually having the baby.
A second possibility is that there is a missing COMMA (missing commas are a translator's nightmare sometimes!), and the sentence should read:
She was being delivered, not giving birth.
Meaning: Someone was assisting her (she was being delivered 'by somebody'); she was not giving birth unassisted (alone, without a professional).
The second seems more probable, as the first is poor English.
xxxLia Fail Spain Local time: 13:49 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 54
Explanation: I have just found the significance of your sentence - uit's a question of a woman's sense of 'power' in she herself giving birth, rather than being assisted. See teh extract below.
*****Water birth profoundly demonstrates that a woman is empowered by "giving birth", not "being delivered". ******
Women have historically given away their power to medical authorities, and doctors have become used to being in control of the birth process. Many health care providers are beginning to see the great number of women that are not satisfied with this type of birth experience, but others are still "locked into" the medical technological model of birth. As couples become more informed of their options, they are assuming more responsibility for their own birth process. Water birth is more a philosophy of non-intervention than a method of giving birth.