antepartum

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antepartum

[‚an·tē′pard·əm]
(medicine)
Pertaining to the period before delivery or birth.
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The importance of all nurses who come in contact with the new mother, to include antepartal, labor and delivery, nursery, and post partum to support and assist the new mother in nursing her baby.
They include chapters on tests during the antepartal period and fetal assessment and electronic fetal monitoring, reflecting the increase in intervention in maternity care.
This exploratory, descriptive study, done retrospectively from perinatal medical records, compared childbirth outcomes in one obstetrician's caseload between 50 women who elected antepartal hypnosis preparation (usually a 5-class series) and 51 who did not.