from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. Also called regionally granny, granny woman.
- n. 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).
- transitive v. To assist in the birth of (a baby).
- transitive v. To assist in bringing forth or about: "Washington's efforts to midwife a Mideast settlement” ( Newsweek).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician.
- n. Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.
- v. To act as a midwife
- v. to facilitate the emergence of
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.
- transitive v. To assist in childbirth.
- intransitive v. To perform the office of midwife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who assists women in childbirth.
- To perform the office of midwife.
- To assist in childbirth.
- To aid in bringing into being by acting the part of a midwife; assist in bringing to light.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies
Mr. MO ROCCA (Contributor, "CBS Sunday Morning"): Get your baby delivered by a midwife from the cast of "Star Trek."
After the midwife is bitten by a rattle snake, she asks Dr. Quinn to look after her three children.
When I called my midwife, she reassured me and said I should expect contractions to start soon.
My midwife is prescribing me some pain killers, but I probably will avoid taking them since they usually make me really sick to my stomach.
I honestly think that we are still working on many feminists to realize that fighting for my right to birth with a midwife is just as important as their right to terminate their pregnancy.
In the morning we called our midwife and doula and arranged to meet them at the freestanding birth center where we planned to have a natural, drug-free water birth.
If your doctor or midwife is not, perhaps you can find a different one.
Our insurance will pay for it so long as the midwife is licensed!
When we returned home, David suggested I call my midwife to let her know that I might be needing her before very long.
With a towel between my legs, I called my midwife, jumped in the car, and headed to the hospital, where my lovely five-pound daughter Chiara was delivered by cesarean section.