- a person trained to assist women in childbirth.
- a person or thing that produces or aids in producing something new or different.
- to assist in the birth of (a baby).
- to produce or aid in producing (something new): to midwife a new generation of computers.
Origin of midwife
Examples from the Web for midwife
It means care with a mother-focused doctor or midwife, sometimes in a place other than a hospital.Natural Childbirth Is Not a Cult
June 27, 2014
Later on they came and said something else, but a midwife later told me the same [not to have more children].The Mom Forced to Have a C-Section
June 5, 2014
Instead, he wound up being the midwife for the Soviet Union's demise.Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong
Eli Lake, Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey
March 2, 2014
MacNeal describes the relationship with her midwife—who she says she researched thoroughly—as intimate, and her births, special.The Home-Birth Rebellion
February 7, 2014
Second funniest, midwife asked me to rate my pain 1-10 periodically and at one point I said 9.Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
On the honor of a midwife, I have seldom brought into the world one so pretty.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
When the midwife had sipped hers up, she went off; everything was going on nicely, she was not required.L'Assommoir
She said she was the daughter of a midwife at Bercy who had failed in business.
Come then to me, who am a midwife, and the son of a midwife, and I will deliver you.Theaetetus
Do you think—does it cost very much to learn to be a midwife?The Great Hunger
- a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth
Word Origin and History for midwife
- A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth.
- To assist in the birth of a baby.
A person who serves as an attendant at childbirth but is not a physician. Some midwives (called certified nurse midwives) are trained in university programs, which usually require previous education in nursing; others (called lay midwives) learn their skills through apprenticeship.