Select Committee on Science and Technology Twelfth Report


ARC        Antenatal Results and Choices

BAPM        British Association of Perinatal Medicine

BMA        British Medical Association

bpas        British Pregnancy Advisory Service

CARE        Christian Action Research and Education

CMF        Christian Medical Fellowship

Cortex  A part of the brain which has a number of functions, including interpreting sensory information

DH        Department of Health

Ectopic pregnancy  When the embryo implants outside the womb, for example, in the fallopian tube

Evidence base, class A  Requires at least one randomised controlled trial as part of a body of literature of overall good quality and consistency addressing the specific recommendation

Evidence base, class B  Requires the availability of well-conducted clinical studies, but no randomised clinical trials on the topic of the recommendation

FSRH        Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

fpa        Family Planning Association

GCD        Guild of Catholic Doctors

Gestation      The period of development in the womb

HSA forms  Department of Health forms: HSA 1 is to give notification that the abortion has been approved and on what grounds; HSA 4 is for information including patient details, the method of abortion and gestation time.

Neonate      A newly born infant

NICU        Neonatal intensive care unit

Placenta praevia  When the placenta is low in the uterus and covers all or part of the cervix

Postpartum      After delivery (postnatally)

Preterm  Premature; delivered before 37 weeks of gestation. Extremely preterm means before 28 weeks.

RCN        Royal College of Nursing

RCOG        Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

SCHB        Scottish Council on Human Bioethics

SPUC        Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Thalamus  A part of the brain which has a number of functions, including relaying sensory information to the cortex.

Trimester  A period of time that is approximately three months. Pregnancies are divided into three periods called 'trimesters'. The first trimester is approximately 0-13 weeks; the second trimester is approximately 14-27 weeks; the third trimester is from 28 weeks to term (approximately 40 weeks).

UCLH        University College London Hospital

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