Definition of midwife in English:

midwife

Syllabification: mid·wife
Pronunciation: /ˈmidˌwīf
 
/

noun (plural midwives)

1A person (typically a woman) trained to assist women in childbirth.
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  • Again, close liaison between obstetrician, midwife, general practitioner, cardiologist, and neonatologist is vital.
  • Once the bleeding has been evaluated its management may remain with general practitioners or midwives.
  • It goes without saying that no visit with the local midwife or the general practitioner was offered before the 15th week.
1.1A person or thing that helps to bring something into being or assists its development: he survived to be one of the midwives of the Reformation
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  • I was privileged to be a colleague of its midwife and founding editor, Susan McHenry, now our editorial director, when she was formulating ideas for it.

verb

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1Assist (a woman) during childbirth.
1.1Bring into being: revolutions midwifed by new technologies of communication
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  • Creating a more lush sonic presence without obliterating all traces of the band's personality was a balancing act midwifed by Terry Tran, who produced, engineered, and mixed the album.
  • When writers who had midwifed and enriched Kannada theatre turned to cinema, there was a sudden drought of plays, but that didn't stop Nagesh from doing his things dramatically.

Origin

Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid 'with' + wife (in the archaic sense 'woman'), expressing the sense 'a woman who is with (the mother)'.

Derivatives

midwifery

Pronunciation: /midˈwif(ə)rē, -ˈwīf(ə)rē/
noun
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  • Some practices have had vacancies for up to nine months, and similar staffing shortages in nursing and midwifery have prompted fears that rural healthcare is a thing of the past.
  • However, Thomas said police officers should be given a crash course in midwifery, as delivering babies had become a regular part of their routine.
  • During this period midwifery was all but abolished.

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