[mid-wif-uh-ree, -wif-ree, mid-wahy-fuh-ree, -wahyf-ree]

Origin of midwifery

First recorded in 1475–85; see origin at midwife, -ery
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  1. the art or practice of a midwife; obstetrics
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Word Origin and History for midwifery

late 15c.; a hybrid from midwife + -ery.

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midwifery in Medicine


[mĭd-wĭfə-rē, mĭdwīf′rē, -wī′fə-rē]
  1. The techniques and practice of a midwife including childbirth assistance, the independent care of essentially normal healthy women and infants before, during, and after childbirth, and, in collaboration with medical personnel, the consultation, management, and referral of cases in which abnormalities develop.
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