A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.
- A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. Also called regionally granny, granny woman.
- One who assists in or takes a part in bringing about a result: "In the Renaissance, artists and writers start to serve as midwives of fame” ( Carlin Romano).
- To assist in the birth of (a baby).
- To assist in bringing forth or about: "Washington's efforts to midwife a Mideast settlement” ( Newsweek).