Definition of midwife in English:


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.


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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.



Pronunciation: /midˈwif(ə)rē, -ˈwīf(ə)rē/
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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.


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)'.

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