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midwife

[ mid-wahyf ]
/ 藞m瑟d藢wa瑟f /
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noun, plural mid路wives [mid-wahyvz]. /藞m瑟d藢wa瑟vz/.
a person trained to assist women in childbirth.
a person or thing that produces or aids in producing something new or different.
verb (used with object), mid路wifed or mid路wived, mid路wif路ing or mid路wiv路ing.
to assist in the birth of (a baby).
to produce or aid in producing (something new): to midwife a new generation of computers.
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Origin of midwife

1250鈥1300; Middle English midwif, equivalent to mid with, accompanying (Old English; cf. meta-) + wif woman (Old English w墨f;see wife)
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British Dictionary definitions for midwife

midwife
/ (藞m瑟d藢wa瑟f) /

noun plural -wives (-藢wa瑟vz)
a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth

Word Origin for midwife

C14: from Old English mid with + wif woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for midwife

midwife
[ m沫dw墨f鈥 ]

n. pl. mid鈥ives (-w墨vz鈥)
A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth.
v.
To assist in the birth of a baby.
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Cultural definitions for midwife

midwife

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.

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