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  Labor room



Labor room

    A room designed to accommodate a woman's labor, delivery, and recovery.

RELATED TERMS
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Labor
The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

Delivery
See drug delivery.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Labor
The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

Labor contractions
Rhythmic tightening of the muscular wall of the uterus to push the fetus down through the vagina during childbirth.



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Lumen
The hollow area within a tube.

Lymph nodes
Small glands clustered in the neck, armpits, abdomen, and groin that supply infection-fighting cells to the bloodstream and filter out bacteria and other antigens.

Lymphadenectomy
A procedure in which lymph nodes are taken from the body for purposes of diagnosing or staging cancer.

Lymphangiogram
An x-ray that uses a special dye to determine whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.

Labor
The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

Labor room

Lactation specialists
Individuals trained in the assistance of breastfeeding. Many are RNs or have a special certificate to aid new mothers.

Lamaze
Pioneered by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze, this technique for preparing for childbirth (also called the psychoprophylactic method) is based on the idea that the best way to control pain is through knowledge and relaxation. The method emphasizes breathing techniques.

Landau's reflex
When laid face down, a 3- to 12-month-old will arch his back and raise his head.

Lanugo
The fine hair that covers a fetus from about 26 weeks, and is sometimesstill present at birth. A baby born at term will usually shed the hair by the end of the first week after birth.

Lay midwife
A lay midwife has experience with childbirth, but lacks medical training.Only a few states allow lay midwives to practice, and then only at home births.

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