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Definition of Midwife


  1. A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.
  2. To assist in childbirth.
  3. To perform the office of midwife.

Midwife Quotations

Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.
Ram Dass

You wouldn't tolerate an underperforming surgeon in an operating theatre, or a underperforming midwife at your child's birth. Why is it that we tolerate underperforming teachers in the classroom?
Michael Gove

Who is a professional? A professional is someone who has a combination of competence, confidence and belief. A water diviner is a professional. A traditional midwife is a professional. A traditional bone setter is a professional. These are professionals all over the world. You find them in any inaccessible village around the world.
Bunker Roy

Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.
Johannes Kepler

Giving birth was the most amazing thing I've ever done. I'd been living in a Third World country, and I said, 'I'm going to just squat behind a tree.' I basically did that but in a chair in my living room. I didn't want a sterile hospital room. I didn't want doctors. I had a midwife.
Carolyn Murphy
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Midwife Translations

midwife in Dutch is vroedvrouw, verloskundige
midwife in French is sage-femme, accoucheuse, sage femme
midwife in German is Hebamme, Hebamme, Geburtshelferin
midwife in Italian is levatrice
midwife in Spanish is partera, comadrona
midwife in Swedish is barnmorska
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