midwife

Part of speech: noun

A woman who assists at childbirth.

Part of speech: noun

Midwifery.

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Usage examples "midwife":

  1. Some indeed there were who fancied that the mother, if not in full complicity with the midwife, had at least given her consent to the arrangement; but these were not a little shaken in their opinion when at length Mrs Stewart herself began to figure more immediately in the affair, and it was witnessed that she had herself begun to search into the report. - "Malcolm", George MacDonald.
  2. Boussignol, had had some training as a midwife and did not lose her head. - "The Eight Strokes of the Clock", Maurice Le Blanc.
  3. He rose, took a candle, opened a door, then another, and showed her the first of the steps down which the midwife had carried him, and descending which, twenty years after, his father had come by his death. - "The Marquis of Lossie", George MacDonald.