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What the feck is your midwife talking about...

Midwife abbreviations

So we’ve all been there, we’ve walked out of a midwifes appointment and taken a sneaky peek at you pregnancy notes at you’ve looked at what they’ve written and thought to yourself what the fig does that mean. 

So here we go, I am going to write below some of the abbreviations etc you may see in the hope you can use this to help you decipher your midwifes notes. 

NKDA – No known detected allergies. 

VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

DNA – Did Not Attend

IOL – Induction Of Labour

FBC – Full Blood Count, which checks iron, white blood cells, platelets and more. 

VTE – Venous Thromboembolism, this score is how midwives count your risk factors for this, a lower score equals a lower risk. 

DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis, a blood clot (usually in the leg)

CEPH – Cephalic, which means your baby is laying head down. 

Hb – Haemoglobin/Iron level.

FHHR – Fetal Heart Heard and Regular

TCI – To Come In

EBL – Estimated Blood Loss

GBS – Group B Streptococcus (a normal bacteria that 30% of us carry)

2/5th PALP – This is the amount of the baby’s head the midwife can feel above the pelvic bowl. 

So that’s it, there’s probably more and as I think of more I will update this blog!!

Blog originally seen and written by Vicky of Inner Calm Birth


About Vicky Barbour-Andrews

The Baby Experts - All round crazy lady, owner of two businesses, two little people and a husband. I am one of those people who just doesn't stop. On both of my maternity leaves I have chosen to start up a new businesses with my new 'spare time'. Some may call me crazy, some may call me stupid but to me I am just me, take me as I am as I do anything for a hassle free life as I believe it is for the living and enjoying - grab it by the balls people as we don't know how long we have here!

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