- First attested in 1759.
- Borrowing from French accoucheur, from accoucher (“to go to childbed, be delivered”), from Old French culcher (“to lie”), from Latin collocō (“I place, put, set in order, assign”), from com (“with”) + locō (“I put, place, set”). See accouchement.
accoucheur (plural accoucheurs)
- (medicine) A man who assists women in childbirth; a male midwife; an obstetrician.
1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial, published 2007, page 163:
- Family story: on the day of his birth the accoucheur approached his father, the baby wrapped in a cloth.
man who assists women in childbirth