noun \ˈmid-ˌwīf\

: a person (usually a woman) who helps a woman when she is giving birth to a child

Full Definition of MIDWIFE

:  a person who assists women in childbirth — compare nurse-midwife
:  one that helps to produce or bring forth something

Examples of MIDWIFE

  1. a trained and certified midwife

Origin of MIDWIFE

Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb
mid·wifed \-ˌwīft\ or mid·wived \-ˌwīvd\ mid·wif·ing \-ˌwī-fiŋ\ or mid·wiv·ing \-ˌwī-viŋ\

Definition of MIDWIFE

:  to assist in producing, bringing forth, or bringing about

First Known Use of MIDWIFE



noun \ˈmid-ˌwīf\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MIDWIFE

: a person who assists women in childbirth—see nurse-midwife


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