Glossary of terms

Abbreviation Meaning Abbreviation Meaning
AC Abdominal circumference IV Intravenous
AF Amniotic fluid – fluid around your baby in the womb IVA Isovaleric acidaemia
ART Assisted reproductive technology IVDU Intravenous drug user
BCG Bacillus Calmette-Guerin – vaccine against TB IVF In vitro fetilisation
BMI Body Mass Index LMP Last menstrual period
BN Batch number LMWH Low-molecular weight heparin
BP Blood pressure MCADD Medium chain acyl-coa dehydrogenase deficiency
BPD Bi-parietal diameter MEOWS Modified Obstetric Early Warning System
Br Breech MIs Millilitres
CAF Common assessment framework MMR Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
CCT Controlled cord traction MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
Ceph Cephalic MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
CMW Community Midwife MSUD Maple syrup urine disease
CO Carbon monoxide MSW Maternity support worker
Con Consultant MW / RM Midwife / Registered Midwife
CP Civil partner NAD No abnormalities detected
CRL Crown rump length NFA No fixed abode
CTG Cardiotocograph No. Number
CVS Chorionic villus sampling NT Nuchal translucency
DM Diabetes mellitus NVD / SVD Normal vaginal delivery / Spontaneous vaginal delivery
DVT Deep vein thrombosis Oxygen
EBL Estimated blood loss ObI Oblique
ECV External cephalic version ODP Operating department practitioner
EDD Expected date of delivery OGTT Oral glucose tolerance test
EFW Estimated fetal weight OHSS Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
Eng Engaged Palp Palpation
ETT Endotracheal tube PCR Polymerase chain reaction
F/T Full time PET Pre-eclampsia
FBS Fetal blood sampling PGP Pelvic girdle pain
FGR Fetal growth restriction PIH Pregnancy induced hypertension
FH/ FHHR Fetal heart / Fetal heart heard regular PKU Phenylketonuria
FL Femur length PND Postnatal depression
FMF Fetal Movements Felt PP Peuperal Psychosis
FY Foundation year doctor PPH Post-partum Haemorrhage
GA Gestational age PR Per Rectum
GA1 Glutaric aciduria Type 1 Pres Presentation
GBS Group B streptococcus P/T Part time
GDM Gestational diabetes PV Per vaginam
Gest Gestation Resp Respirations
Gms Grams SGA Small for gestational age
GP Genera practitioner – family doctor SLE Systemic lupus erythematosus
Hb Haemoglobin SROM Spontaneous rupture of membranes
HC Head circumference StM Student Midwife
HCU Homocystinuria (pyridoxine unresponsive) STR Speciality training registrar (Doctor)
HDU High dependency unit TB Tuberculosis
HELLP Haemolysis Elevated Liver Enzymes Low Platelets Temp Temperature
HV Health Visitor TENS Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
HVS High Vaginal Swab T Trisomy
IBD Inflammatory bowel disease U/E Unemployed
ICP Intrahepatic Cholestasis in Pregnancy U/S Ultrasound
IOL Induction of Labour UKBA United Kingdom Border Agency
IPPV Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation VBAC Vaginal birth after Caesarean Section
ICU Intensive Care Unit VE Vaginal examination
IUD Intrauterine Device VTE Venous thrombo-embolism
IUS Intrauterine System Wks Weeks