Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery Glossary of Terms

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Abdomen: The belly, that part of the body that contains all of the structures between the...

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Abdominal pain: Pain in the belly. Abdominal pain can be acute or chronic. It may reflect ...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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Breech: The buttocks.

C-section: Short for Cesarean section.

Cervical: Having to do with any kind of neck, including the neck on which the head is perc...

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Cervix: The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). The uterus, a hollow, ...

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Cesarean section:See C-section.

Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Encephalopathy: Disease, damage, or malfunction of the brain. In general, encephalopathy i...

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Endocrinology: The study of the medical aspects of hormones, including diseases and condit...

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Endometritis: Inflammation of the endometrium, the inner layer of the uterus.

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Fetus: An unborn offspring, from the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after concep...

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Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Genetics pertains to humans and all other orga...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart rate: The number of heartbeats per unit of time, usually per minute. The heart rate ...

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Hysterectomy: An operation to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are most commonly performe...

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Incision: A cut through skin or other tissue performed by a health care professional.

Indication: 1. In medicine, a condition which makes a particular treatment or proce...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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NIH: National Institutes of Health.

Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Oxytocin: A hormone made in the brain that plays a role in childbirth and lactation by cau...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Placenta: A temporary organ that joins the mother and fetus, transferring oxygen and nutri...

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Pregnancy: The state of carrying a developing embryo or fetus within the female body. Thi...

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Prostaglandin: One of a number of hormone-like substances that participate in a wide range...

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Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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Second stage of labor: The part of labor from the full dilatation of the cervix until the ...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Surgery: The branch of medicine that employs operations in the treatment of disease or inj...

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Transverse: In anatomy, a horizontal plane passing through the standing body so that the t...

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Uterine rupture: A tear in the uterus. A uterine rupture is a very serious situation. Caus...

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Uterus: A hollow, pear-shaped organ that is located in a woman's lower abdomen, between th...

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Vagina: The muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the outside of the body. It is ...

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VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarian section. Although the abbre...

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Vertical: In anatomy, upright. As opposed to horizontal.

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