What does midwife mean?

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ˈmɪdˌwaɪf; -ˌwaɪvzmid·wife

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. midwife, accoucheusenoun

    a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies


  1. midwifenoun

    A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician.

    A hundred years ago, a midwife would bring the baby into the world - going to a hospital to deliver a baby was either impossible or unheard of.

  2. midwifenoun

    Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.

  3. midwifeverb

    To act as a midwife

  4. midwifeverb

    to facilitate the emergence of

    But the bigger objective was to help Iraqis midwife a democratic model that could inspire reform across the Arab-Muslim world and give the youth there a chance at a better future.

  5. Etymology: corresponding to mid + wife.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MIDWIFEnoun

    A woman who assists women in childbirth.

    Etymology: This is derived, both by Stephen Skinner and Franciscus Junius, from mid or meed, a reward, and wif , Saxon.

    When man doth die, our body, as the womb,
    And as a midwife, death directs it home. John Donne.

    Without a midwife these their throws sustain,
    And bowing, bring their issue forth with pain. George Sandys.

    There saw I how the secret felon wrought,
    And treason lab’ring in the traitor’s thought,
    And midwife time the ripen’d plot to murder brought. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    I had as clear a notion of the relation of brothers between them, as if I had all the skill of a midwife. John Locke.

    But no man, sure! e’er left his house
    And saddl’d ball with thoughts so wild,
    To bring a midwife to his spouse,
    Before he knew she was with child. Matthew Prior.


  1. Midwife

    A midwife is a health professional who cares for mothers and newborns around childbirth, a specialization known as midwifery. The education and training for a midwife concentrates extensively on the care of women throughout their lifespan; concentrating on being experts in what is normal and identifying conditions that need further evaluation. In most countries, midwives are recognized as skilled healthcare providers. Midwives are trained to recognize variations from the normal progress of labor and understand how to deal with deviations from normal. They may intervene in high risk situations such as breech births, twin births, and births where the baby is in a posterior position, using non-invasive techniques. For complications related to pregnancy and birth that are beyond the midwife's scope of practice, including surgical and instrumental deliveries, they refer their patients to physicians or surgeons. In many parts of the world, these professions work in tandem to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care, and in yet other countries, many women elect to utilize obstetricians primarily over midwives. Many developing countries are investing money and training for midwives, sometimes by upskilling those people already practicing as traditional birth attendants. Some primary care services are currently lacking, due to a shortage of funding for these resources.


  1. midwife

    A midwife is a trained health professional who specializes in assisting women during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care, as well as providing newborn care and, in some cases, primary care for women. Midwives typically focus on facilitating natural childbirth and providing comprehensive and personalized reproductive health care.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midwifenoun

    a woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art

  2. Midwifeverb

    to assist in childbirth

  3. Midwifeverb

    to perform the office of midwife

  4. Etymology: [OE. midwif, fr. AS. mid with (akin to Gr. ) + woman, wife. Properly, the woman or wife who is attendant upon a woman in childbirth. See Meta-, and Wife.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Midwife

    mid′wīf, n. a woman who assists others in childbirth:—pl. Midwives (mid′wīvz).n. Mid′wifery, art or practice of a midwife or accoucheuse: assistance at childbirth. [A.S. mid, together with (Ger. mit, Gr. met-a), wíf, woman.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of midwife in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of midwife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of midwife in a Sentence

  1. Ole Olsen:

    In case of any doubt about the status of the pregnancy as low-risk, the midwife will consult with an obstetrician to clarify any precautions related to the specific health concern.

  2. Toyin Saraki:

    A woman there is only footsteps away from a midwife and clinic, with her family around her, and a doctor on standby, if ever there was an argument for having midwives present at delivery and a doctor on call if needed, this is surely it.

  3. Rachel Kyte:

    You can't give birth safely if the midwife is holding a torch between her teeth.

  4. Zara Tindall:

    She was there and recognized that we wouldn’t have got to hospital in time, fortunately the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away so she drove up just as we had assumed the posit (position) and the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived.

  5. Frances Manfrey:

    We originally balked at our midwife’s total fee of $3,500, that all had to come out of pocket in regular payments, but we budgeted and made it work.

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