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Delivering babies

 
 
SMickey
 
Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 07:20 pm
Hello.

I was having a chat with my friend in English for practice,
and he happened to mention that he had two kids now,
and he had a penis-related operation which prevents women from getting pregnant.

I asked him,
"If so, isn't it impossible for you to deliver babies?'

Shortly after saying that, I wondered

1. If the phrase 'deliver babies' is correct or not.
I googled it to find a picture a women with her legs open in labor,
surrounded by medical personnel.
( https://www.google.co.kr/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=ow5DV-jdGaeL8QefxIfwDg#q=deliver+baby )

So, I concluded 'deliver babies' is actually used,
but not sure if it's commonly or widely used.


2. if the phrase 'deliver babies' can be used to men or not.

It's obviously women who do that,
but men's help(?) is essential for a baby to come out to the world,
so I used that expression to him.

Does it sound weird when used to a man?

3. If the answer to 2 is yes,
what expression might to be good to use?

What about 'give birth to a baby'?
Does it sound okay enough to say to men,
'How many babies are you planning to give birth to?'

Please help me pick up natural and correct expressions.
Thank you.

 
chai2
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 07:43 pm
Your friend had a vasectomy, which means when he has sex there will be no sperm in the ejaculate. He will no longer get any woman pregnant.

Delivering a baby is the act of someone, be it a doctor, midwife or other helping the woman to give birth. Giving birth is the process by which the baby is born.

When a woman is actively delivering a baby, she is said to be "in labor"

Only women give birth.

If you want to ask someone male or female about the number of children they want/expect to have, you would have them either

How many children do you want?
or
How many children are you planning on having?

Of course I would first find out if they want children at all.

A man who has had a vasectomy does not want children, or does not want more than he already has.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 09:44 pm
@SMickey,
You would probably say, in the situation you describe, that your friend would not be able to father any children, or that he would be unable to impregnate a woman.

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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 02:34 am
When i was just a liddly, someone told me that my mother delivered babies. Knowing absolutely nothing about medicine or hospitals, i had this vision of her loading babies in baskets into her De Soto, to drive them home.
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 08:31 am
@Setanta,
I remember looking at the classified ads for the first time as a little kid. Specifically the Help Wanted section.

Saw a job for "Polish Workers" and figured "I could do that when I grow up"

I also wanted to be an astronaut and visit the sun. Of course I would go at night so I wouldn't burn up.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 08:34 am
@SMickey,
SMickey wrote:
and he had a penis-related operation which prevents women from getting pregnant.


he had a vasectomy
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 08:36 am
@SMickey,
SMickey wrote:


2. if the phrase 'deliver babies' can be used to men or not.

It's obviously women who do that,
but men's help(?) is essential for a baby to come out to the world,
so I used that expression to him.

Does it sound weird when used to a man?



men who are doctors or nurses can help women deliver their babies

in English delivering babies is the process of giving birth

Men do not give birth to children.


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Men's sperm is needed to create the baby. Men are not needed in the delivery of the baby.


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The phrase does not sound natural the way you used it.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 08:38 am
@SMickey,
SMickey wrote:

Does it sound weird when used to a man?

3. If the answer to 2 is yes,
what expression might to be good to use?

What about 'give birth to a baby'?
Does it sound okay enough to say to men,
'How many babies are you planning to give birth to?'



yes, it sounded weird.


You could ask a man how many children he hoped to father, or how many children he and his partner want to have.


Men do not give birth.
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ash1234567
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 09:29 am
@SMickey,
Could you please let me know how can create a new post.
I have describe about one of the comedy scene however, I want to check my Grammer could you please read the below description and help me out. Thank You.


I saw comedy scene in one of the episode. I want to illustrate that comedy scene. In the village, there is men called Ramesh who he is illiterate person. One day in his house suddenly the old men get sick and was lying on the bed. The illiterate men went to call the doctor. The doctor examines the patient, and he gave some medicine to the patient and handover a tonic (liquid) medicine bottle to that illiterate men and went off. The Illiterate men later want to give the liquid to the sick man . However, he didn't know what is written in the bottle so, he called one of the man from the village who is a business man in that village and who always act as if he speak English, and his name is Lavish. When Lavish came to his house, the illiterate men shows the liquid bottle and said him to explain the procedure which is written on the bottle . Now, the Lavesh don't know what to do and he got frustrated because he even doesn’t know English. After few minute later one small kid was going to school so Lavesh took that bottle and show the kid that bottle and ask him what is written on the bottle . The kid said on the bottle it is written that “shake well before use”. The Lavesh though that they need to shake the sick man before giving the medicine. Then he layup the old sick men and hold in his arms and shake that old men continiuosly and then he make him lay on bed . The old sick man died so he did not shake the bottle and he shake the men and after the sick men died all the villagers beat him.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 27 Jul, 2016 10:09 am
@ash1234567,
Quote:
Could you please let me know how can create a new post.
there are links for making new topics at the bottom of every page --

• Ask a Question
• Start a Discussion
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