Definition of midwife
1 : a person who assists women in childbirth — compare nurse-midwife
2 : one that helps to produce or bring forth something
Examples of midwife in a Sentence
a trained and certified midwife
Recent Examples of midwife from the Web
The most common method is capsules prepared by doulas or midwives, according to Young. _
Julia James was a nurse and midwife before retiring three years ago.
The three-part series is a joint effort from PBS and the BBC, and comes from a female writer-director duo – Heidi Thomas (Call the Midwife) wrote the script, while Vanessa Caswill (best known for the BBC series Thirteen) will direct.
After meeting with doctors and midwives experienced with transgender pregnancies, Reese and Chaplow began the process of trying to conceive — and Reese stopped taking testosterone.
The site soon will be known as Branhilda Richardson Knowles Memorial Park, in honor of a city midwife who was born in the Bahamas and attended many deliveries from the turn of the century to the late 1950s.
The first baby was delivered Jan. 6 by a midwife in a tub filled with tap water.
Authorities said the birth was attended by three midwives, family members and other church members.
Or close to right, anyway. *** Chealsea was the last in a long line of midwives to The Mighty Franks.
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Origin and Etymology of midwife
Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of midwife
MIDWIFE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of midwife for English Language Learners
: a person (usually a woman) who helps a woman when she is giving birth to a child
MIDWIFE Defined for Kids
Definition of midwife for Students
: a woman who helps other women during childbirth
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