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accoucheuse

noun
  1. a female obstetrician or midwife
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Word Origin

literally: one who is present at the bedside
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Historical Examples

  • Siebold was an accoucheuse who had attended at the births of both the children.

    The Public Life of Queen Victoria

    John McGilchrist

  • If all our plans should suffer ship-wreck, then Roekmini will fit herself to be an accoucheuse.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • She will become either an accoucheuse or a painter, but whichever she does she will do well.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • The barber woman, on the other hand, is the accoucheuse and midwife of the village matrons.