Medical Terminology for Doulas
G-2, P-1: Gravida(G) refers to the number of times a woman has been pregnant. Para(P) indicates the number of live births.
Pyelonephritis: A urinary tract infection that has reached the kidney.
Straight Cath: A tube is inserted into the urethra from the outside in order to get a sample of urine. It is then removed.
CBC: Complete blood count. A test that exams different parts of the blood.
WBC: white blood count. Done as a part of the cbc. Normal values are 4500-10000. This can be elevated normally during pregnancy.
Appendicitis: Infection of the appendix
Purulant: Pus like drainage
Chorioamnionitis: Inflammationo of the fetal membranes, usually due to a bacterial infection.
Electronic Fetal Monitor: A monitor that is strapped around the mothers belly. It measures the heart rate of the fetus which allows the doctors to make clinical judgments about the baby’s well being.
Unaysn: An antibiotic used to treat certain infections.
Pitocin: A synthetic form of oxytocin(which is a hormone) that will start labor or increase contractions