midwifery

noun
mid·wife·ry | \ˌmid-ˈwi-f(ə-)rē, -ˈwī-;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

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Shusha, a midwifery student at Al-Quds University, said. NBC News, "Amid Trump's Mideast push, an abandoned building reminds Palestinians of past failures," 16 June 2018 Increasingly, women are opting for midwifery care during their pregnancy instead of an OB/GYN doctor. Anna Douglas And John Murawski, charlotteobserver, "Some NC moms drive an hour away to give birth. Are midwives the answer? | Charlotte Observer," 17 May 2018 So if the midwifery model works for royal babies, why not our own? Ranjani Chakraborty, Vox, "The culture war between midwives and doctors, explained," 29 May 2018 But, Wertman and other midwifery advocates say, the current requirement that midwives have a supervising doctor is hurting their ability to practice. Anna Douglas And John Murawski, charlotteobserver, "Some NC moms drive an hour away to give birth. Are midwives the answer? | Charlotte Observer," 17 May 2018 Historically, Black womanhood has been inseparable from motherhood, with Black female slaves expected to have children in order to create more slaves, and later relegated to domestic labor that included midwifery and childcare. refinery29.com, "Have Portrayals Of Black Motherhood On Screen Ever Reflected Real Life?," 9 May 2018 Upon finishing her schooling, Mohammed hopes to work in maternal health here in Houston, as well as get a degree in nurse midwifery. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Salute to Nurses awards 3 scholarships to nursing students," 2 May 2018 That would be a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), who is a registered nurse with additional training in midwifery. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "Jill Duggar Helped Deliver a Baby and Everyone Is Freaking Out," 25 Apr. 2018 Ebony Marcelle, director of midwifery at the Family Health and Birth Center in Northeast, examines Alicia Byrd, 33, who is due with her third baby on March 20. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. has a high maternal mortality rate. Lawmakers want to know why.," 14 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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midwifery

noun
mid·wife·ry | \ˌmid-ˈwif-(ə-)rē, -ˈwīf-; ˈmid-ˌwīf- \
plural midwiferies

Medical Definition of midwifery 

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

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