•      A

    • ACUPUNCTURE
       A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

         B

    • BACK LABOR
       The true definition of back labor is that a laboring mother feels intense pressure and contractions in the back, particularly the lower back near the tail bone or coccyx.

         C

    • CESAREAN SECTION
      A surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the mother's abdomen and uterus.
    • CHIROPRACTICS
      A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.

     

  •      D

    • DOULA
      A woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.

      E
    • ESSENTIAL OILS
       A natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

      L
    • LABOR
      The process of childbirth, especially the period from the start of uterine contractions to delivery.

      M
    • MASSAGE
       The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain.

    • MIDWIFE
       A person trained to assist women in childbirth
  •      O

    • OBSTETRICIAN
      The branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth.

    • OPTIMAL FETAL POSITIONING
      A theory developed by a midwife, Jean Sutton, and Pauline Scott, an antenatal teacher, who found that the mother's position and movement could influence the way her baby lay in the womb in the final weeks of pregnancy.

      P
    • POSTPARTUM
      Of or noting the period of time following childbirth; after delivery.

    • PLACENTA
      A flattened circular organ in the uterus of pregnant eutherian mammals, nourishing and maintaining the fetus through the umbilical cord.

       

      R

    • REBOZO
      A woven piece of fabric used by Mexican women as a shawl, a baby carrier (similar to the way I use a wrap, but the fabric is not as long), and a comfort and positioning tool for pregnancy and childbirth.

      V
    • VAGINAL DELIVERY
      A vaginal delivery is the birth of offspring (babies in humans) in mammals through the vagina.