One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A male midwife.
- ‘Thomas R. Verny, MD, is a gifted psychiatrist, academic, writer, communicator, and accoucheur to prenatal and perinatal psychology.’
- ‘A man who practiced as an accoucheur, owing to a mistake in his observation of the actual symptoms, inflicted on a patient terrible injuries from which she died.’
- ‘By the same token, Colonel Robert Kenneth Wilson, MA, MB, Ch.B. (Cantab.), FRCS, a Harley Street gynaecologist, provided the ideal accoucheur for the picturesque monster.’
- ‘He in fact briefly stayed with Smellie when he first arrived in London in 1741, but he soon moved away to become an assistant to James Douglas, another Scottish accoucheur.’
- ‘It was not so many years earlier that Sir Richard Croft, accoucheur to Princess Charlotte, had committed suicide after the princess's unfortunate death in childbirth in 1818.’
- ‘We were unable to determine if the placental indications for placental examination were adhered to, as this determination is reliant on the accoucheur recognizing the abnormalities to warrant submitting the placenta for examination.’
- ‘The only defect in hospital obstetrics from my standpoint was that the usual fees for labor and delivery rooms plus a few days in the hospital and an ambulance trip home left little or nothing with which the accoucheur might be paid.’
Mid 18th century: French, from accoucher (see accouchement).
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