- Independent care of essentially normal, healthy women and infants by a midwife, antepartally, intrapartally, postpartally, and/or obstetrically in a hospital, birth center, or home setting, and including normal delivery of the infant, with medical consultation, collaborative management, and referral of cases in which abnormalities develop; strong emphasis is placed on educational preparation of parents for childbearing and childrearing, with an orientation toward childbirth as a normal physiological process requiring minimal intervention.
* * *mid·wife·ry .mid-'wif-(ə-)rē, -'wīf-; 'mid-.wīf- n, pl -ries the art or act of assisting at childbirth also OBSTETRICS see NURSE-MIDWIFERY
* * *n.the profession of providing assistance and medical care to women undergoing labour and childbirth. See also community midwife, obstetrics.• midwife n.
* * *mid·wi·fery (midґwif-re) (midґwi-fər-e) the practice of assisting in childbirth. See nurse-midwife and obstetrics.
Medical dictionary. 2011.