peri·​na·​tal | \ˌper-ə-ˈnā-tᵊl \

Definition of perinatal 

: occurring in, concerned with, or being in the period around the time of birth perinatal mortality perinatal care

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Other Words from perinatal

perinatally \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​(l)ē \ adverb

Examples of perinatal in a Sentence

The doctor took steps to prevent perinatal infection.

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Although there aren’t many yet, innovative parent education programs targeting men during the perinatal period are emerging. Joyce Y. Lee And Shawna J. Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Study: Fathers are forgotten by parenting programs," 17 June 2018 In 2009, she was welcomed to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in the specialized field of perinatal lactation. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Chronicle recognizes Top 15 Nurses for excellence, dedication," 2 May 2018 The good news, Rope explained, is that all perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable, and there are very effective treatments for all of them. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "What women should know before seeing 'Tully'," 11 May 2018 The analysis found that compared with waiting for labor to begin, induction was associated with fewer perinatal deaths, stillbirths and cesarean sections. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Inducing Labor at Full Term May Be Best Bet," 17 May 2018 In addition to perinatal deaths, the study also looked at changes in the average gestational age at birth between 2007 and 2015. Mark Lieber, CNN, "US stillbirths and newborn deaths down 11.5%, study says," 14 May 2018 Essential services Ascension Wisconsin decided that the emergency department, obstetrics, including perinatal care, and primary care were essential services. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ascension Wisconsin cutting services at St. Joseph hospital," 5 Apr. 2018 HCA Gulf Coast's StaRN program offers its RNs the opportunity to specialize in a variety of fields, including medical/surgical, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, perinatal, neonatal and behavioral health. Jennifer Kimrey, Houston Chronicle, "HCA Healthcare seeking nurses, nurse leaders," 24 Mar. 2018 There’s also clinical evidence that the perinatal period is a time of high risk for OCD onset, given that OCD affects 2.07 percent of pregnant women, compared to 1.08 percent of non-pregnant people. Ashley Abramson, The Cut, "Pregnancy Put My OCD Into Overdrive," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of perinatal

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of perinatal

medical : happening during or around the time of birth


peri·​na·​tal | \-ˈnāt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of perinatal 

: occurring in, concerned with, or being in the period around the time of birth perinatal mortality perinatal care

Other Words from perinatal

perinatally \ -​ᵊl-​(l)ē \ adverb

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