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

Examples of midwifery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Community Heath Network has added a new midwifery program. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "No longer a thing of the past, midwifery care enters the hospital," 23 Jan. 2020 Last January, the state midwifery board issued Alabama’s first homebirth midwife licenses since 1976. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Now legal in Alabama, homebirth midwives delivered nearly 100 babies in 2019," 17 Jan. 2020 For example, two certified nurse-midwives were just hired for the hospital's new midwifery clinic and a third is being recruited. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trust issues plague the relationship between Ascension St. Joe's and the community it serves," 16 Dec. 2019 Since the midwifery program began, that rate has dropped significantly. Amber Bracken, New York Times, "Giving Birth Where the Family Is," 5 Jan. 2020 The information was used to develop priorities for the hospital and corresponding programs, such as the midwifery program and heart and vascular community care center. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trust issues plague the relationship between Ascension St. Joe's and the community it serves," 16 Dec. 2019 More than an alternative to the hospital system, traditional midwifery—its practitioners, ethos and practices—should be an integral part of the maternal health care system. Tatyana Ali, Essence, "‘Birthright’: Tatyana Ali’s Heartfelt Essay On The Importance and Beauty Of A Black Woman’s Pregnancy Journey," 2 Oct. 2019 Minnesota Duluth: Some midwives are warning that the state’s unregulated midwifery practices pose a danger to mothers and babies as home births rise. USA TODAY, "Hershey beer, sassafras sickness, demolition mystery: News from around our 50 states," 3 Oct. 2019 There is a rich history of Black and indigenous midwifery and doula care currently being resuscitated both as a means of improving outcomes for Black and brown women and lowering the high rates of maternal and infant deaths. Tatyana Ali, Essence, "‘Birthright’: Tatyana Ali’s Heartfelt Essay On The Importance and Beauty Of A Black Woman’s Pregnancy Journey," 2 Oct. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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