noun, plural midwives [mid-wahyvz] .
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), midwifed or midwived, midwifing or midwiving.
to assist in the birth of (a baby).
to produce or aid in producing (something new): to midwife a new generation of computers.

1250–1300; Middle English midwif, equivalent to mid with, accompanying (Old English; cf. meta-) + wif woman (Old English wīf; see wife)

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midwife (ˈmɪdˌwaɪf)
n , pl -wives
a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth
[C14: from Old English mid with + wif woman]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "woman assisting," lit. "woman who is 'with' " (the mother at birth), from M.E. mid "with" (see meta-) + wif "woman" (see wife). Cognate with Ger. Beifrau.
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midwife mid·wife (mĭd'wīf')
n. pl. mid·wives (-wīvz')
A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. v. mid·wifed or mid·wived, mid·wif·ing or mid·wiv·ing, mid·wifes or mid·wives
To assist in the birth of a baby.

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midwife definition

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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Midwife definition

The two midwives mentioned in Ex. 1:15 were probably the superintendents of the whole class.

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Example sentences
They hadn't made the change, but they had helped to midwife the birth.
She's not a doctor, not a lactation expert, not a midwife not a scientist in any way shape or form.
The gentle hand of her midwife, trusting in the innate wisdom of birth.
So she prevailed on her midwife to induce labor while she still had insurance coverage.
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