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mid·wife

 (mĭd′wīf′)
n. pl. mid·wives (-wīvz′)
1. A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth.
2. One who assists in or takes a part in bringing about a result: "In the Renaissance, artists and writers start to serve as midwives of fame" (Carlin Romano).
tr.v. mid·wifed, mid·wif·ing, mid·wifes or mid·wived (-wīvd′) or mid·wiv·ing (-wī′vĭng) or mid·wives (-wīvz′)
1. To assist in the birth of (a baby).
2. To assist in bringing forth or about: "Washington's efforts to midwife a Mideast settlement" (Newsweek).

[Middle English midwif : probably mid, with (from Old English; see me- in Indo-European roots) + wif, woman (from Old English wīf; see wife).]
Word History: The word midwife was formed in Middle English from two elements, mid and wife. At first glance, the meaning of wife would would seem to be clear. However, wife often meant simply "woman" in general in Middle English, not specifically "female spouse" as it most often does in Modern English. The other element in midwife, the prefix mid-, is probably the Middle English preposition and adverb mid, meaning "together with." Thus a midwife was literally a "with-woman"—that is, "a woman who is with another woman and assists her in giving birth." The etymology of obstetric is even more descriptive of a midwife's role. Its Latin source obstetrīx, "a midwife," is formed from the verb obstāre, "to stand in front of," and the feminine suffix -trīx; the obstetrīx would thus literally stand in front of the baby as it was being born.

midwife

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

mid•wife

(ˈmɪdˌwaɪf)

n., pl. -wives (-ˌwaɪvz)

v. -wifed -wived, -wif•ing wiv•ing. n.
1. a person who assists women in childbirth.
2. a person or thing that assists in producing something new.
v.t.
3. to assist in the birth of (a baby).
4. to assist in producing or bringing about (something new).
[1250–1300; Middle English midwif=mid with, accompanying (Old English; compare meta-) + wif woman (see wife)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.midwife - a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babiesmidwife - a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
nurse - one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
Translations
قَابِلَةٌقابِلَه، مُوَلِّدَه
акушерка
porodní asistentkaporodní bába
jordemoderjordemorfødselshjælper
kätilökätilöidä
dai
babica
bábabábáskodikszülésznő
ljósmóîir
助産婦
산파
obstetrix
akušerėakušerijapribuvėja
vecmāte, akušiere
moaşă
pôrodná asistentka
babicababica pri porodu
бабица
barnmorska
นางพยาบาลผดุงครรภ์
акушерка
bà đỡ

midwife

[ˈmɪdwaɪf] N (midwives (pl)) → comadrona f, partera f

midwife

[ˈmɪdwaɪf] [midwives] [ˈmɪdwaɪvz] (pl) nsage-femme f
She's a midwife → Elle est sage-femme.

midwife

n pl <-wives> → Hebamme f

midwife

[ˈmɪdˌwaɪf] n (-wives (pl)) → ostetrica

midwife

(ˈmidwaif) plural ˈmidwives (-waivz) noun
a person (usually a trained nurse) who helps at the birth of children.
midˈwifery (midˈwi-) , ((American) ˈmidwai-) noun

midwife

قَابِلَةٌ porodní asistentka jordemoder Hebamme μαία comadrona, partera kätilö sage-femme babica ostetrica 助産婦 산파 verloskundige jordmor położna parteira акушерка barnmorska นางพยาบาลผดุงครรภ์ ebe bà đỡ 助产士

mid·wife

n. comadrona, partera, mujer que se especializa en el cuidado y atención de la salud de mujeres durante el embarazo, el parto y el postparto.

midwife

n (pl -wives) partera, comadrona; male — partero, comadrón m
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He inspired confidence in the people among whom he was thrown, and during the long hours that he waited in a stuffy room, the woman in labour lying on a large bed that took up half of it, her mother and the midwife talked to him as naturally as they talked to one another.
Maybe the Lord'll see fit to take 'em to 'imself," said the midwife.
Yes," said Aramis, "the queen had a second son, whom Dame Perronnette, the midwife, received in her arms.
Mary Bogdanovna was a midwife from the neighboring town, who had been at Bald Hills for the last fortnight.
The midwife was already on her way to meet her, rubbing her small, plump white hands with an air of calm importance.
said Princess Mary looking at the midwife with wide-open eyes of alarm.
Nurse Savishna, knitting in hand, was telling in low tones, scarcely hearing or understanding her own words, what she had told hundreds of times before: how the late princess had given birth to Princess Mary in Kishenev with only a Moldavian peasant woman to help instead of a midwife.
This dawn of luxury brought us a butcher and a grocer, and a midwife, who became very necessary to me, for I lost a great deal of time over maternity cases.
The child was indeed to all appearances perfect; but the midwife discovered it was born a month before its full time.
The life of her governess, as she calls her, who had run through, it seems, in a few years, all the eminent degrees of a gentlewoman, a whore, and a bawd; a midwife and a midwife-keeper, as they are called; a pawnbroker, a childtaker, a receiver of thieves, and of thieves' purchase, that is to say, of stolen goods; and in a word, herself a thief, a breeder up of thieves and the like, and yet at last a penitent.
The product of a two-year collaboration between Direct Relief and ICM, each Midwife Kit contains the 59 essential items a midwife needs to perform 50 facility-based deliveries.
If the midwife is caring for a woman in labour, a new mother having trouble with mothercraft issues such as breastfeeding may have to wait "unacceptable" periods of time for assistance, says Cathy Smith, president of the hospital's NSWNMA branch.