peri·​na·​tal | \ ˌper-ə-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce perinatal (audio) \

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 \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​(l)ē How to pronounce perinatal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of perinatal in a Sentence

The doctor took steps to prevent perinatal infection.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of us probably did not have a lot of training on recognizing and treating perinatal mood disorders in our training. IndyStar, 20 Dec. 2021 The Democrats’ package would also provide $3 billion in maternal healthcare funding to expand the perinatal workforce, improve data collection and address the social factors that contribute to poor maternal health outcomes. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 The bill, which is stalled in the Senate, would provide a historic $3 billion investment in maternal health aimed at diversifying the perinatal workforce and improving data collection among other initiatives. Jasmine Wright And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 The author is a psychotherapist and perinatal mental health expert in San Diego. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Paige Bellenbaum is a social worker and the founding director of the Motherhood Center, an organization that provides support for women who have perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Rosie Colosi, The Atlantic, 28 July 2021 As a slight silver lining, mortality dropped as related to cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, suicide and certain conditions originating in the perinatal period. Arkansas Online, 22 July 2021 In 2020, about 6,500 women were screened for postpartum depression at Cedars-Sinai, and 300 to 500 who were at risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders were referred to local organizations for help. Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Gwen suffered a perinatal stroke in the womb, and has cerebral palsy and limited function on the right side of her body, her mom Rebecca Ciccozzi told ABC affiliate WEWS and the Medina Gazette. Rachel Desantis,, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of perinatal

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Perinatal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of perinatal

: happening during or around the time of birth


peri·​na·​tal | \ -ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce perinatal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce perinatal (audio) \ adverb


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