Glossary

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A

A&E

accident & emergency

AFI

amniotic fluid index

AROM

artificial release of membrane

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B

BBA

birth before arrival (to hospital)

BFF

Best Friends Forever

BH

Braxton Hicks contraction

breech

bottom or feet first

BTL

bilateral tubal ligation

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C

CNY

Chinese New Year

CPD

Cephalo-pelvic disproportion - baby’s head or body is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis

CTG

cardiotocography

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D

D&C

dilation and curettage - surgical removal of tissue from the endometrium (lining of the womb)

DBA

Delivery before arrival (to hospital)

DH

Dear husband

DIY

Do-it-yourself

DS

dear son

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E

ECG

Electrocardiography

ECV

external cephalic version to turn a breech baby

EDD

Estimated due date

EFM

electric fetal monitoring

EPO

Evening Primrose Oil

ER

emergency room

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F

FB

facebook

FIL

father in-law

FPP

full paying patient

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G

GBG

The Gentle Birthing (Facebook) Group

GBS

Group B Streptococcus

GD

Gestational diabetes

GDM

Gestational diabetes mellitus

GP

general (medical) practitioner

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H

HB

HypnoBirthing

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I

ICU

Intensive care unit

IUGR

intrauterine growth restriction

IV

intravenous

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J

JPN

Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (National Registration Department)

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K

KK

klinik kesihatan (community clinic)

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L

LOL

laugh out loud

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M

macrosomia

baby weighing above 4kg

meconium

earliest stools of a newborn

MIL

mother in-law

MO

Medical Officer

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

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N

nuchal cord

umbilical cord wrapped around baby's neck

nuchal hand

Baby's hand presents alongside it's head

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O

OB

Obstetrician

OCD

obsessive-compulsive disorder

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P

PIH

pregnancy-induced hypertension

posterior

Baby born face up

postterm

Baby more than 42-week gestation

PPH

postpartum hemorrhage

preterm

Baby less than 37-week gestation 

PROM

premature (prolonged) release of membrane

PUPPP

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy

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R

RCS

Repeat Cesarean

retained placenta

placenta that has not been expelled within 30 minutes of baby’s birth

ROM

Release of Membrane

RR

Rainbow Relaxation

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S

SAHM

stay-at-home mum

SROM

spontaneous release of membrane

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V

VBA2C

Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesareans

VBA3C

Vaginal Birth After 3 Cesareans

VBA4C

Vaginal Birth After 4 Cesareans

VBA5C

Vaginal Birth After 5 Cesareans

VBAC

vaginal birth after cesarean

VBAMC

vaginal birth after multiple cesareans

VCO

virgin coconut oil

VE

vaginal examination

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