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midwifery

[mid-wif-uh-ree, -wif-ree, mid-wahy-fuh-ree, -wahyf-ree] /mɪdˈwɪf ə ri, -ˈwɪf ri, ˈmɪdˌwaɪ fə ri, -ˌwaɪf ri/
noun
1.
the technique or practice of a midwife.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; see midwife, -ery
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  • They are also establishing a school for health workers, with a special focus on midwifery to reduce deaths in childbirth.
  • There are a lot of reasons hospital-based doctors disagree with midwifery.
British Dictionary definitions for midwifery

midwifery

/ˈmɪdˌwɪfərɪ/
noun
1.
the art or practice of a midwife; obstetrics
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Word Origin and History for midwifery
n.

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

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midwifery in Medicine

midwifery mid·wife·ry (mĭd-wĭf'ə-rē, mĭd'wīf'rē, -wī'fə-rē)
n.
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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