noun, plural mid·wives [mid-wahyvz] /ˈmɪdˌwaɪvz/.
- 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), mid·wifed or mid·wived, mid·wif·ing or mid·wiv·ing.
- to assist in the birth of (a baby).
- to produce or aid in producing (something new): to midwife a new generation of computers.
noun plural -wives (-ˌwaɪvz)
- a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth
n.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. n. pl. mid•wives (-wīvz′)
- A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth.
- 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.