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Midwifery   /mˈɪdwˌaɪfəri/   Listen

The branch of medicine dealing with childbirth and care of the mother.  Synonyms: OB, obstetrics, tocology.
Assisting women at childbirth.

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"Midwifery" Quotes from Famous Books

... of their reputation. For night being the universal mother of things, wise philosophers hold all writings to be fruitful in the proportion they are dark, and therefore the true illuminated (that is to say, the darkest of all) have met with such numberless commentators, whose scholiastic midwifery hath delivered them of meanings that the authors themselves perhaps never conceived, and yet may very justly be allowed the lawful parents of them, the words of such writers being like seed, which, however scattered at random, ...
— A Tale of a Tub • Jonathan Swift

... irresistibly, to a conformity with that: and are, at all stages, very significant of the People. Judicious readers, of these times, are not disinclined to see how Monks elect their Abbot in the Twelfth Century: how the St. Edmundsbury mountain manages its midwifery; and what mouse ...
— Past and Present - Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII. • Thomas Carlyle

... of the refuge of sonorous general terms, with a great public reputation of much too well-established a kind to be subjected to the affront of analysis. It is true that Rousseau himself contributed nothing directly to that analytic operation which Socrates likened to midwifery, and he set up graven images of his own in place of the idols which he destroyed. This, however, did not wholly efface the distinction, which he shares with all who have ever tried to lead the minds ...
— Rousseau - Volumes I. and II. • John Morley

Words linked to "Midwifery" :   obstetrical delivery, medical specialty, medicine, quadripara, gravida I, para, primipara, presentation, nullipara, primigravida, para I, induction of labor, delivery, quintipara, fetology, perinatology, incompetent cervix, parity, foetology

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