- a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician.
Origin of accoucheur
Examples from the Web for accoucheur
The disadvantages of the method are entirely with the accoucheur and not to the mother or child.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
More than ever you have the air of a confessor and accoucheur of souls.Charles Baudelaire, His Life
His fee as accoucheur on these occasions was, I believe, a considerable one.The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I
James H. Mapleson
The cord is attached to the body of the child at the point called the navel, being cut off at birth by the accoucheur.Plain Facts for Old and Young
John Harvey Kellogg
With monstrous growths the accoucheur must depend upon his own resources, ingenuity and knowledge of the mechanism of parturition.A System of Midwifery
- a male obstetrician or midwife
Word Origin and History for accoucheur
1759, "midwife" (properly, "male midwife"), from French accoucheur (Jules Clément, later 17c.), agent noun from accoucher "to go to childbed, be delivered" (13c.) originally simply "to lie down" (12c.), from Old French culcher "to lie," from Latin collocare, from com- "with" (see com-) + locare "to place" (see locate). The fem. is accoucheuse (1847).