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A – Glossary Terms

Created by: Melissa Werner
Posted : Monday January 01, 1900
 

afterbirth
A common term for the placenta after it has been delivered.

amniocentesis
A test to determine possible obstetric complications or genetic defects usually performed between the 15th and 18th weeks of pregnancy. Amniotic fluid is drawn from a pregnant woman's uterus by inserting a hollow needle through her abdominal wall.

amniotic fluid
Clear fluid in the amniotic sac in which the fetus grows. Cushions the fetus, allows for fetal movement, helps the lungs develop, stabilizes the baby's temperature, and provides a barrier against infection.

anterior position
When the baby faces the back of the mother's pelvis in utero and/or during labor.

Apgar score
The first test most babies are given (at one and five minutes after birth). Assesses five basic indicators of health: respiration, pulse, activity level, response to stimulation, and appearance.



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