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MoonDragon's Midwives Vocabulary


Preparations used to immunize against disease. Before using vaccines, research the pros and cons of this invasive means for disease prevention.

Vacuum Extraction

When a suction cup attached to a machine is placed on a baby's head to aid the doctor in delivery.

Vaginal Birth

A baby delivered vaginally.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

A vaginal delivery after a woman had previously delivered a baby by cesarean section.

Varicella Vaccine
(Chicken Pox)

Latest vaccine developed for children. Estimated to be 70 to 90 percent effective - if your child should still come down with chicken pox, it will be mild. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving it at the same time as the MMR vaccine - between 12 to 15 months.

Varicose Veins

Abnormally swollen veins, usually on the legs. A common, often hereditary condition during pregnancy that can be helped by wearing support stockings.

Vas Deferens

One of 2 tubes through which sperm travel and combine with semen. A man's vasa deferentia (pl.) are severed in a vasectomy.


A surgical procedure to effect sterility in a man. The procedure cuts the vasa deferentia tubes, preventing sperm from being ejaculated.


An infertility test done on a man to determine if his vasa deferentia are blocked. See vas deferens.


Diet which excludes any animal products.


Diet which excludes animal flesh but may include eggs and dairy products.


A device to help an individual breathe. Can also "breathe for"" a patient.

Vernix Caseosa

Greasy, white substance that covers a fetus in utero. Protects the fetus' skin.

Very Low Birth Weight

A baby weighing under 3.3 pounds at birth, at risk of illness and death.


Term for an infant who is considered capable of living. The baby must be at least 2.2 pounds and have reached a gestational age of 28 weeks.


A contagious, airborne infection, such as a cold, that cannot be treated with antibiotics. Immunizations against certain life-threatening viruses, such as polio and measles, are included in a baby's routine well-baby checkup.


A group of complex chemical compounds which are vital to normal functioning of the body. Often taken in pill form to supplement daily diets. Pregnant women should take a daily supplement to ensure proper nutrition.

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