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MW Abbreviations

Abbreviations for Midwives (taken from Birthwise Midwifery School Skills Guide)

@U at umbilicus
a (with a line over) before
abn ... ABN abnormal
accel acceleration of the FHR
acro extremity
ad lib as desired, freely
A-P antero-posterior diameter
AFI amniotic fluid index
AFP alpha-fetoprotein
AP antapartum
AROM artificial rupture of membranes
ASAP as soon as possible
AVBAC attempting VBAC -or- attempted VBAC
BBOW bulging bag of waters
b.i.d. twice daily
BL baseline
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BP blood pressure
bpm ... BPM beats per minute
BPP biophysical profile
bsl baseline
BV bacterial vaginosis
c (with a line over) with
CA cancer
C celsius
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CMV cytomegolovirus
cms centimeters
c/o complains of
CPD cephalo-pelvic disproportion
C.P.M. Certified Professional Midwife
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
C/S ... CS Cesarean Section
CST contraction stress test
ctx contractions
CVAT costovertebral angle tenderness
cvx cervix
d/c ... D/C discontinued -or- discharged
DC diagonal conjugate (pelvimetry)
D&C dilation and curettage
decel deceleration of FHR
⍗ (down arrow) decrease
DES diethylstilbestrol
D.E.M. direct entry midwife
dil dilation
DM diabetes mellitus
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
d/t due to
DTR ... DTRs deep tendon reflexes
DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DVT deep vein thrombosis
dx ... Dx ... DX diagnosis -or- discharge
EBL estimated blood loss
EC emergency contraception
ECG electrocardiogram
EDC estimated date of confinement
EDD estimated date of delivery
eff effacement
EFM external fetal monitor
EFW estimated fetal weight
EGA estimated gestational age
epis episiotomy
EtOH alcohol (usually beer, wine, liquor)
F farenheit
fb ... FB fingerbreadths
ff ... FF fundus firm
FFC fundus firm and central
FFN fetal fibronectin
FH fundal height
FHR fetal heart rate
FHT fetal heart tones
FM fetal movement
FSH follicle-stimulating hormone
FTP failure to progress
G ... gr Gravida (times pregnant)
GBS Group B Strep
GCT glucose challenge test
GDM gestational diabetes mellitus
GI gastrointestinal
GTT glucose tolerance test
gtt drops
GU genitourinary
H/A headache
Hb hemoglobin
HBAC home birth after cesarean
HCG human chorionic gonadotropin
Hct hematocrit
HEENT head, ears, eyes, nose, throat
HELLP hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
H & K hands and knees
HPV human papilloma virus
hr ... h hour
hrs hours
HR heart rate
HRT hormone replacement therapy
hs hour of sleep (bedtime)
HSV herpes simplex virus
hx ... Hx history
I intact (for BOW)
I&O intake and output
IM intramuscular
⍐ (up arrow) increase
IP intrapartum
IUD intrauterine device
IUGR intrauterine growth restriction
IUI intrauterine insemination
IUP intrauterine pregnancy
IV intravenous
IVF in-vitro fertilization
KOH potassium hydroxide
L (circled) left
⍈ (arrow pointing right) leading to
lb pound
LFT liver function test
LH luteinizing hormone
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMA left mentum anterior
LMP last menstrual period -or- left mentum posterior
LMT left mentum transverse
LNMP last normal menstrual period
LOA left occiput anterior
LOT left occiput transverse
L:S lecithin/syphingomyelin ratio
LSA left sacrum anterior
LSP left sacrum posterior
LST left sacrum transverse
LUQ left upper quadrant
MCV mean corpuscular volume
MgSO4 magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
mec meconium
Meth Methergine
' minutes
MW midwife
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
NB newborn
neg negative
- (circled) negative
NI normal
noc at night
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NST non-stress test
NSVD normal spontaneous vaginal delivery
NTD neural tube defect
N?V nausea and vomiting
O2 oxygen
AO occiout anterior
OC oral contraceptive
OCT oxytocin challenge test
OP occiput posterior
p (with a line over) after
PAP Papanicolau test
PCOS polycystic ovary syndrome
ped pediatrics ... pediatrician
per through ... by
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PIH pregnancy induced hypertension
pit Pitocin
PMH past medical history
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PN (now preferred: AP) prenatal
PO per os (by mouth)
pos positive
+ (circled) positive
PP postpartum
PPH postpartum hemorrhage
P-PROM potential premature rupture of membranes
prn whenever necessary
PROM premature rupture of membranes
PTB preterm birth
PTL preterm labor
P,T,R pulse, temperature, respirations
p.v. per vagina, meaning in or through the vagina
q (with a line over) every
qh ... q 4h every hour ... every 4 hours
q.i.d. four times a day
R (with a circle around) right
R respirations -or- ruptured for BOW
RBCs red blood cells
RDA recommended daily allowance
RDS respiratory distress syndrome
re: regarding
Rec recommended regime
resp respirations
RhIG anti-D immuneglobulin
RLQ right lower quadrant
RMA right mentum anterior
RMP right mentum posterior
RMT right mentum transverse
ROA right occiput anterior
ROM rupture of membranes ... range of motion
ROP right occiput posterior
ROT right occiput transverse
RPL recurrent pregnancy loss
RPR rapid plasma reagin
RSA right sacrum anterior
RSP right sacrum posterior
RST right sacrum transverse
RUQ right upper quadrant
s (with a line over) without
" seconds
SAB spontaneous abortion
SGA small for gestational age
SOB shortness of breath
SQ subcutaneous
SROM spontaneous rupture of membranes
SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
sta station
STI sexually transmitted infection
SVD spontaneous vaginal delivery
sx symptom
TC telephone conversation
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
t.i.d. three times daily
tinc tincture
TOL trial of labor
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
TSH thyroid-stimulation hormone
TSS toxic shock syndrome
U umbilicus
U+1 1 finger breadth above the umbilicus
U-2 2 finger breadths below the umbilicus
UA ... U/A urinalysis
UC ... U/C uterine contractions
URI upper respiratory infection
U/S ultrasound
UTI urinary track infection
UTP urge to push
VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean
VE vaginal exam -or- vacuum extraction
v.s. ... VS vital signs
vtx vertex
WBCs white blood cells
Wks weeks
wnl ... WNL within normal limits
x (with a line written over) except
x2 ... x3 number of times (2 times ... 3 times)
y/o years old
= equal
⍯ (without the box) not equal
+1, +2 degree of intensity
~ approximately
^ change
> greater than
< less than
male, boy
female, girl
Created by: StudentMidwife
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