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MoonDragon's Midwives Vocabulary

Identical Twins

Two offspring born at the same time who look exactly alike. Occurs when a single fertilized egg splits early in development and becomes 2 separate fetuses.

Immune System

The network of cells and organs that defend the body against infections and foreign invaders.


When a body's immune system helps fend off disease.


Natural immunity provided by antibodies or induced immunity via inoculations.


When a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus.

In Loco Parentis

Latin for "In place of a parent," referring to the rights and duties of a guardian or organization.

In Utero Surgery

Surgery done in the uterus to correct an abnormality in a fetus.

In Vitro Fertilization

A procedure whereby an egg and sperm are fertilized in a petri dish (also known as test tube babies) outside the womb, and implanted later in a woman's uterus to help infertile couples conceive.

Incompetent Cervix

When the muscles of the cervix are too weak to hold a baby through pregnancy. A stitch may be placed at the opening of the cervix to hold it together. See Cerclage.


Inability to control one's bladder or bowels. A common, temporary postpartum symptom that may be helped by Kegel exercises.


A box-like apparatus in which premature babies are kept at constant and suitable temperature.

Individualized Family Service Plan

A group of services available for families with a child under the age of 2 who has a disability or chronic illness.


A child under a year of age.

Infant Mortality

The death of an infant during the first year of life.


Inability to conceive or carry a child to term.


Medication which is put into the body via a syringe and a needle.

Intensive Care Unit

A department of a hospital where an individual can be constantly and closely monitored.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

An assisted fertilization technique, similar to in vitro fertilization.

Intrapartal Care

Care for a pregnant woman through labor.

Intrauterine Device

A birth control method using a plastic or metal device in a woman's uterus to prevent fertilization.

Intrauterine Growth Retardation

Slow growth of a fetus in the womb possibly resulting in a low birth weight baby.

Intraventricular Hemorrhage

Bleeding into the ventricles or the brain, common in premature infants.


Medical tests that involve gaining entry into the body via a needle, tube, or hand.


A mineral in the body that works with protein to make hemoglobin, essential for the blood.


Similar to an incubator.

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