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[mid-wahyf] /ˈmɪdˌwaɪf/

noun, plural midwives
[mid-wahyvz] /ˈmɪdˌwaɪvz/ (Show IPA)
a person trained to assist women in childbirth.
a person or thing that produces or aids in producing something new or different.
verb (used with object), midwifed or midwived, midwifing or midwiving.
to assist in the birth of (a baby).
to produce or aid in producing (something new):
to midwife a new generation of computers.
noun (pl) -wives (-ˌwaɪvz)
a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth

c.1300, “woman assisting,” literally “woman who is ‘with’ ” (the mother at birth), from Middle English mid “with” (see mid) + wif “woman” (see wife). Cognate with German Beifrau.

midwife mid·wife (mĭd’wīf’)
n. pl. mid·wives (-wīvz’)
A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. v. mid·wifed or mid·wived, mid·wif·ing or mid·wiv·ing, mid·wifes or mid·wives
To assist in the birth of a baby.

A person who serves as an attendant at childbirth but is not a physician. Some midwives (called certified nurse midwives) are trained in university programs, which usually require previous education in nursing; others (called lay midwives) learn their skills through apprenticeship.

The two midwives mentioned in Ex. 1:15 were probably the superintendents of the whole class.


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