Definition of midwife noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

midwife

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmɪdwaɪf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdwaɪf//
 
(pl. midwives
BrE BrE//ˈmɪdwaɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪdwaɪvz//
 
)
Medical staff, Birth, Professions
 
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a person, especially a woman, who is trained to help women give birth to babies compare doula Wordfinderbirth, breech birth, caesarean, contraction, deliver, induce, labour, midwife, obstetrics, umbilical cord See related entries: Medical staff, Birth, Professions Word Origin Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid ‘with’ + wife (in the archaic sense ‘woman’), expressing the sense ‘a woman who is with (the mother)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: midwife