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

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Other Words from perinatal

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

Examples of perinatal in a Sentence

The doctor took steps to prevent perinatal infection.
Recent Examples on the Web Less than half of rural women live within a half-hour of a hospital that offers perinatal services, the group says. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Democrats Need Rural Voters. Can They Win Them Over By Fixing Rural Healthcare?," 1 Nov. 2019 The thought of another pregnancy, another battle with perinatal mental health issues, was paralyzing. Kaelyn Forde, Glamour, "When Miscarriage Is a Relief," 28 Oct. 2019 Senate Bill 464, known as the California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, requires implicit bias training for perinatal professionals. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "California may soon push doctors and lawyers to confront their biases," 12 Sep. 2019 Lack of nutrients during birth causes what’s called perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Neural stem cells to be readied for newborn therapy under $5M grant to San Diego researcher," 20 Aug. 2019 Bullock has overseen Medicaid expansion in his state as governor and established a public-private partnership aimed at improving mothers’ access to prenatal and perinatal care. Li Zhou, Vox, "New mothers are dying in the US at rates higher than any other developed country.," 26 June 2019 McInnes is an Indiana University Health therapist who specializes in perinatal mood disorders. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "There's a new drug for postpartum depression, but wait till you see the price tag," 20 June 2019 My story has a happy ending, but not every case of postpartum depression does—suicide is a leading cause of death in perinatal women. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "Postpartum Depression Treatment Made Me Feel Helpless—Women Deserve Better Options," 25 Mar. 2019 Technically, your doctor should already be screening you for perinatal depression. Korin Miller, SELF, "How New Recommendations on Perinatal Depression Might Change Your Next Prenatal Appointment," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of perinatal

1944, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Perinatal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of perinatal

medical : 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 perinatally (audio) \ adverb

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