|n.||1.||A woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art.|
|v. t.||1.||To assist in childbirth.|
|v. i.||1.||To perform the office of midwife.|
|Noun||1.||midwife - a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies|
MIDWIFE, med. jur. A woman who practices midwifery; a woman who pursues the
business of an account.
2. A midwife is required to perform the business she undertakes with proper skill, and if she be guilty of any mala praxis, (q.v.) she is liable to an action or an indictment for the misdemeanor. Vide Vin. Ab. Physician; Com. Dig. Physician; 8 East, R. 348; 2 Wils. R. 359; 4 C. & P. 398; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 440; 4 C. & P. 407, n. a; 1 Chit. Pr. 43; 2 Russ. Cr. 288.