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A mother is a female parent. A mother gives birth to babies after pregnancy. Pregnancy is usually nine months. If a woman over the stage of puberty raises an adopted or biological child, then she is a mother as well. Adopted children are also part of that person's family. Also see Maternal insult.


After the birth of a baby, breastfeeding is an important part of taking care of the baby.

Other names for "mother"

  • In American English, other words for mother are "Mom," "Mommy," Momma," "Mama" and "Ma."
  • In British English, "Mum" and "Mummy" are usually used instead of "Mom" and "Mommy". Another variant, often found in the North of England, particularly Yorkshire and Lancashire, is "Mam".
  • In Irish English, "Mum", "Mummy is most common, often "Mother" or her first name is said, another variant in Dublin is "Ma" (with a hard A)
  • In Australian English, "Mum", "Mother", "Mummy" and "Mother dearest"
  • In Indonesian, "Ibu", "Emak", "Bunda"
  • In Filipino, "Nanay", "Ina"
  • In German "Mama", "Mami“, "Mutti“, "Mutter"
  • In Tamil "அம்மா", "Am'mā"
  • In Mandarin Chinese "妈妈", "Māmā"
  • In slang "ur mom", "yo mama"

Madre is Mother in Spanish. Mamma or Mor is Mother in Norwegian. Mater is Mother in Latin. Mutter is Mother in German. Mat is Mother in Russian. Mama is mother in Swahili