The strength of the uterine muscle.
The dilation of the cervix.
The number of time a woman has been pregnant.
The number of a woman has given birth.
Labour Not Making Progress
Legal Natural Mother's Parity
Last Normal Menstrual Period
Ligand Neurotransmitter Myofibril Perisome
Normal in most pregnancies.
The baby, once it is mature enough to survive outside the womb.
The maternal tissue, plus the umbilicus and placenta.
The unborn offspring, from the end of the 8th week of conception until birth,
The unborn child, as soon as conception occurs.
Sometimes referred to as "Braxton Hicks"
A tightening and shortening of the uterine muscles.
A signal to the midwife to perform an artificial rupture of membranes.
The stretching of the pelvic floor muscles.
The voluntary pushing and effort of the mother during childbirth.
The process during which the maternal hormones relax the uterine tissue.
The process during which the uterus contracts and the cervix opens to allow the passage of the fetus into the vagina.
Contractions closer than five minutes apart, causing the waters to break, signaling birth is immanent.
The expulsion or extraction of a child from its mother, who shows signs of respiration, heartbeat or other sign of life.
A child born vaginally, rather than by Cesarean Section.
A child who survives for longer than one minute, without medical assistance, outside the womb.
A baby born after the second trimester.
A child born before the second trimester and weighing less than 1 kilogram.
A baby who stops breathing after being born.
A neonate who does not show signs of movement upon exiting the birth canal.
The birth of a child who shows no sign of respiration, heartbeat or other sign of life after completely leaving the child's mother after 20 weeks gestation or weighing 400 grams or more.
A sudden miscarriage, by a women who has experienced physical or psychological trauma.
A medically induced termination of pregnancy.
Pregnancy loss before the 20th week of pregnancy.
Pregnancy loss before a woman knows she is pregnant.
It is important for a midwife to have good rapport with her patient, after many conversations, they have a professional friendship and the physical touch of the midwife has therapeutic value.
It is an interactive process between a midwife and a woman to fulfill the woman's needs. It promotes understanding and is aimed at being therapeutic for the woman and developmental in relation to the therapeutic relationship.
The midwife must as open ended questions, be non judgmental, and empathetic. The woman will develop a sense of trust with the midwife if she feels that the midwife is empathetic to her emotions.
The midwife must strive to find a balance between the medical and legal requirements of the clinical setting and the wants and needs of the mother. As an advocate for the woman, she will listen, display empathy and take the family's concerns into consideration when delivering care.
Sitting at eye level with the client.
Using clarifying statements.
Using terms of endearment.
Paraphrasing what the patient has said.
Prevention of cross contamination from patient to patient.
Evidence of care.
Communication of information with other HCPs.