077 - Labor and delivery

In this episode, you'll hear a 5-Minute English episode about Labor and Delivery. You'll learn vocabulary, phrasal verbs and collocations needed to talk about this topic with a native speaker.

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to episode number 77, and to start off with, I have a question for you: 

As a kid, or as a teenager, did your parents ever sit you down and talk about the birds and the bees? In other words, about sex? If not, you probably learned at some point that intercourse between males and females can lead to pregnancy, and pregnancy leads to babies. Hopefully you didn’t learn that the hard way.

In today’s 5-minute episode, you’ll learn the vocabulary, collocations and phrasal verbs needed to talk about labor and delivery. And you’ll also learn some fun facts and statistics about giving birth in the United States.

Vocab Sample
  • To give birth
  • (Go into) Labor
  • Delivery
  • Pregnant
  • To curl OVER
  • Amniotic fluid
  • Nether regions
  • Water break
  • Onset
  • Amniotic sac rupture
  • Trickle 
  • Gush
  • Due date
  • To suffer FROM
  • To draw OUT
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • Out of the blue
  • Mucus Plug
  • Uterus
  • Placenta
  • Fetus
  • Lamaze Classes
  • Cervix
  • Dilate
In this lesson
  • PDF Transcript + Podcast Player
  • Vocabulary and Definitions
  • Vocabulary Builder
  • Listening Comprehension Quiz
  • Conversation Questions
  • BONUS STORY: My Labor and Delivery with Clara

Your Host

Shana - ESL Teacher

Hi Everyone! I am an ESL teacher from California and the host of the American English Podcast. Learn more about me and my teaching experience here.

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