Re: this is weird.
A midwife is a nurse who is specialized in reproduction, pregnancy, and childbirth. Many of them are nurse practitioners, which means that they have had a few more years of schooling than a nurse. Originally midwives were the ones who would come out to someone's house to help deliver a baby. They tend to view pregnancy and childbirth differently than many doctors, and that is why I chose to go to one. They tend to lean toward more natural childbirth, and are involved in the birthing process much more than many doctors. Most are women, though there are an increasing number of men joining the field. Anyway, my statements are general, of course there are other dimentions that I am not sure I can touch on because I don't know enough. All I know is I had two wonderful midwife-nurse practitioners for my (2) pregnancies, and I couldn't have been happier with the choice I made. Oh, also, they can perform small surgical proceedures like an episiotomy, but they cannot perform major surgeries like a c section. The overriding doctor has to do that. Hope this helps