- a female obstetrician or midwife
literally: one who is present at the bedside
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Examples from the Web for accoucheuse
Siebold was an accoucheuse who had attended at the births of both the children.The Public Life of Queen Victoria
If all our plans should suffer ship-wreck, then Roekmini will fit herself to be an accoucheuse.
She will become either an accoucheuse or a painter, but whichever she does she will do well.
The barber woman, on the other hand, is the accoucheuse and midwife of the village matrons.Castes and Tribes of Southern India