Originally *Hebanne from Old High German hevanna (“midwife”), later contorted to Hebamme to resemble Amme (“wet nurse”). This development is still reflected in modern German, inasmuch as the word can either be pronounced as a compound ("Heb-Amme") or as one word ("Hebamme").
Hebamme f (genitive Hebamme, plural Hebammen)
- Entbindungspfleger m (male midwife)
- Hebamme in Duden online