What is a midwife? The English word midwife is at least 700 years old. It comes into Modern English from a compound word made up of two Old English terms: the preposition mid, with, in the presence of; and the noun wīf, woman, female, wife. So a very old and most basic and literal meaning of the term midwife is a woman who is “with a woman,” attending her birth, caring for her during labor and delivery. But the existence…