noun (plural midwives /-wʌɪvz/)
- 1A nurse (typically a woman) who is trained to assist women in childbirth.More example sentences
- 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 who helps to create or develop something: he survived to be one of the midwives of the ReformationMore example sentences
- 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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- 1.1Help to bring about: Gruber midwifed the dealMore example sentences
- In Afghanistan, the U.N. midwifed a political process that gave birth to an interim Afghan government, whose ministers began their work with desks, stationery and telephones provided by the U. N.
- Every significant new publishing phenomenon has been midwifed by a great leap forward in printing technology.
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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').
More definitions of midwifeDefinition of midwife in:
- The US English dictionary