mid·​wife | \ ˈmid-ˌwīf How to pronounce midwife (audio) \

Definition of midwife

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


midwifed\ ˈmid-​ˌwīft How to pronounce midwife (audio) \ or midwived\ ˈmid-​ˌwīvd How to pronounce midwife (audio) \; midwifing\ ˈmid-​ˌwī-​fiŋ How to pronounce midwife (audio) \ or midwiving\ ˈmid-​ˌwī-​viŋ How to pronounce midwife (audio) \

Definition of midwife (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of midwife in a Sentence

Noun a trained and certified midwife
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perfect, actually, according to our midwife and nurse in the delivery room of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she was born at 12:27 p.m. on September 4, 2018. Myra Sack, BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2022 After the Supreme Court decision, a lot more people suddenly became aware of the amendment, said Melinda Lavon, a midwife who has been helping organize a vote-no campaign, including text-messaging blitzes and events in rural areas. New York Times, 24 July 2022 Another major barrier is the lack of midwife care, which can improve maternal health outcomes; while in Europe, midwives are integrated into women’s health care, only six to nine percent of all births are attended by midwives in the U.S. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 19 July 2022 In 2018, Shelly Tsai, a lawyer with Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles, took on a client who opted to give birth at home with a midwife. Kristen Hwang And Ana B. Ibarra, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2022 Jaclyn Roman, a nurse midwife, walked into the exam room. Kaiser Health News, CNN, 15 July 2022 Fervent piano with a boogie-woogie vibe and lyrics that subtly nod to McCartney’s mother, Mary, a midwife during his childhood, provide one of the most R&B-leaning offerings from The Beatles. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Naomi Watts plays a midwife who crosses paths with Mortensen's multi-dimensional but very menacing Russian mafia bodyguard. Clark Collis, EW.com, 3 June 2022 The popular drama about a midwife and nurse practitioner and her life in a rural town in Northern California will continue at least through Season 5. oregonlive, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In recent days, amid a rising impeachment furor, the White House has scrambled to midwife a compromise between ethanol advocates and the oil industry. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of midwife


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for midwife


Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman

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“Midwife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midwife. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for midwife


mid·​wife | \ ˈmid-ˌwīf How to pronounce midwife (audio) \
plural midwives

Kids Definition of midwife

: a woman who helps other women during childbirth


mid·​wife | \ ˈmid-ˌwīf How to pronounce midwife (audio) \

Medical Definition of midwife

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

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