Obstetric terms

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The following terms are used in obstetrics and may be useful when communicating with specialists.

Lie

  • relationship of long axis of baby to the mother, e.g. longitudinal, transverse, oblique

Presentation

  • which part of the baby is in or over the pelvic brim, e.g. cephalic, face, breech

Position

  • of a denominator (e.g. occiput of baby) relative to fixed points of mother pelvis, e.g. occipito-posterior

Attitude

  • relationship of parts of baby to itself, e.g. flexed, extended

Station

  • lowest presenting diameter in relation to the ischial spines

Vertex

  • the highest part of the skull

Engagement

  • here the widest diameter of the presentation part is over the pelvic brim

Dystocia

  • abnormal labour

Caput

  • oedema of foetal scalp

Moulding

  • where the bones of foetus slide over one another
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