Glossary Post 2

For my second Glossary Post, I came across 3 words used in the BirthSlides that I found interesting. From the moment you first learn that you are pregnant, there is so much information thrown at you too make sure that you will have a happy healthy baby. There are also many things that people have to make sure they become aware of, in case something goes wrong or happens to your baby during childbirth. Not all births go smooth and easy like they say they do in books, movies or magazines. The three words in particular that I found interesting were: Induction, Jaundice, and Non-Supine Positions.

Induction is when you are given medication to jump-start contractions. This more than likely will happen if your labor does not start on its own. A lot of the time physicians or doctors will use this method if your labor starts to slow down or stops progressing. Most of the time you will see induction happen if you are one-two weeks past your due date. By this time the baby is getting uncomfortable or the placenta is becoming too small for the baby to stay in so they will induce to start the labor. Another type of induction that we see is if your water breaks but your contractions do not start. Once the placenta or membrane has ruptured or “your water breaks” you and the baby become at risk of infection. So they will in most cases use induction to start the labor process. In other cases, if the baby is premature the physician or doctor will wait to see if the baby will come on its own.

Jaundice is a common and harmless condition in which the baby is yellowish color after birth. This can happen when there is a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow matter that is produced when the red blood cells have been broken down. Jaundice can very common after giving birth because newborn babies have a high level of red blood cells in their blood, which are fluctuating. This typically occurs when they are born because their liver is not fully developed, so the liver is less effective when removing the bilirubin from the blood. When your baby has jaundice there are many ways to treat it. One way to treat is by using phototherapy which is a special type of light that shines on the skin to help get rid of the bilirubin. Another way of treating jaundice is by using an exchange transfusion which is a blood transfusion that is taking a small amount of blood from your baby and replacing that blood with a matching donor.

Non-supine Position is the most common way of giving birth, which is laying flat on back and feet in stirrups. During a traditional vaginal birth, this is the position that most mothers will do. The majority of hospitals in the United States still use this position. There have been many questions recently raised that the non-supine position is actually quite harmful to the mother and baby. Lying on your back during childbirth can be very detrimental and dangerous. The main goal of childbirth is to align the baby’s body and head with your body for easy passing through the birth canal. Lying on your back can also be very hard on you and can ultimately make the pain of childbirth worse.

  • Induction- is a medical procedure that is scheduled for pregnant women about to deliver and is used to stimulate uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins spontaneously.
  • Jaundice-medical term that describes yellowing of the skin and eyes. Jaundice itself is not a disease but it is a symptom of several possible underlying illnesses.
  • Non-Supine Position- is a position of the body: lying with the face up.

Works Cited:

Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board. “Jaundice.” BabyCenter, 22 Apr. 2015,

Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory BoardLast updated: September 2017. “Inducing Labor.” BabyCenter, 1 Nov. 2015,

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