midwifery

noun
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

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Recent Examples on the Web Waranch also pointed to the exclusivity of midwifery practices. Dallas News, "North Texas Black-owned birth center provides alternative for pregnant women," 5 Apr. 2021 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020 During the first few months of the pandemic, anecdotal evidence suggested that midwifery was gaining traction in the country. New York Times, "In Mexico, Childbirth in Covid’s Shadow," 22 Dec. 2020 Some physicians and midwives say increasing access to midwifery care could help fill those gaps and improve care for pregnant women. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, "Filling the gap," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of midwifery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Midwifery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midwifery. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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midwifery

noun
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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