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MoonDragon's Midwives Vocabulary
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - N



Norplant

Time-released birth control, administered through 6 tiny tubes that are implanted in a woman's upper arm. It remains effective for up 5 years.

Natural Childbirth
(Prepared Childbirth)

General term for labor and delivery that is free of medical intervention.

Natural Family Planning
(NFP)

Contraception without the aid of drugs or devices based on the rhythm method, basal body temperature, or the mucus (Billings) method.

Navel

Impression or scar left on the outside of the abdomen after the umbilical cord falls off.

Neck Righting Reflex

A newborn's reflex to turn his trunk and shoulders to the same side his head is turned.

Neonatal

The first 4 weeks after birth.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(NICU)

An intensive care unit that specializes in the care of premature, low-weight babies and seriously ill infants.

Neonatal Screening Tests

Initial tests on a newborn to determine any birth defects or metabolic disorders.

Neonatologist

Physician who specializes in newborn care.

Nervous System

The internal network of nerves that registers and receives information causing the body to take action.

Neuro-Otologist

Physician who specializes in ear and hearing problems affecting the acoustic nerve.

Neurologist

Physician who specializes in treating and diagnosing disorders of the nervous system and brain.

Neuromuscular Development

The development of a child's control over gross and fine motor control.

Neurosurgeon

Physician who specializes in surgery of the nervous system.

Nevus

General name for birthmarks.

Newborn Intrapartal Care

Medical care for infants through labor and delivery.

Newborn Jaundice

Yellow tinge of a newborn's skin caused by too much bilirubin in the blood. Usually begins on the second or third day of life and starts disappearing when the baby is 7 to 10 days old. Can usually be corrected by special light treatment.

Niacin

A vitamin essential to tissue and nerve cells, and for digestion and appetite.

Non-Stress Test

Test on the fetus that is done by measuring the fetal heart rate in response to his or her movements.



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