Midwife Mid"wife`, n.; pl. {Midwives}. [OE. midwif, fr. AS. mid with (akin to Gr. ?) + ? woman, wife. Properly, the woman or wife who is attendant upon a woman in childbirth. See {Meta-}, and {Wife}.] A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art. [1913 Webster]

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