mid·​wife·​ry | \ ˌmid-ˈwi-f(ə-)rē How to pronounce midwifery (audio) , -ˈwī- How to pronounce midwifery (audio) , ˈmid-ˌwī- \

Definition of midwifery

1 : the art or act of assisting at childbirth also : obstetrics
2 : the art, act, or process of producing, bringing forth, or bringing about

Examples of midwifery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The World Health Organization recommends midwifery care as an evidence based approach to reducing these deaths. Candace Smith, ABC News, 17 June 2022 This year’s proceeds will benefit gun-safety advocacy nonprofit Everytown and local birthing and midwifery center Kindred Space LA. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 In many places, healthcare workers practicing midwifery don't have sufficient skills and knowledge to handle basic childbirth complications and emergencies. Anna Frellsen, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Medo developed milk depots, collection sites with freezers for storing milk, in some cases partnering with midwifery clinics and hospital lactation departments. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 For some midwifery drama on the other side of the pond, check out this Netflix favorite about Mel, a midwife and nurse who leaves behind her busy life in L.A. to move to the remote town of Virgin River. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 Bowens, who is studying midwifery, credits the pandemic to her path in birth work, which her oldest daughter also wants to pursue. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Unicef has provided 62 metric tons of supplies, including midwifery kits. Max G. Levy, Wired, 16 Mar. 2022 Increasingly, however, there has been a growing sense that midwifery is more primitive than Western medicine. Chantal James, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of midwifery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2022

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“Midwifery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midwifery. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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mid·​wife·​ry | \ ˌmid-ˈwif-(ə-)rē How to pronounce midwifery (audio) , -ˈwīf-; ˈmid-ˌwīf- How to pronounce midwifery (audio) \
plural midwiferies

Medical Definition of midwifery

: the art or act of assisting at childbirth also : obstetrics — see nurse-midwifery

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about midwifery


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