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BCCC Maternal-Child Nursing 3rd ed


Speaking or arguing in support of a policy or a person's rights.

Ambiguity (ambiguous)

Lack of clarity or certainty; having more than one meaning.


Beliefs taken for granted without examination.

Baseline data

Information that describes the status of the client before treatment begins.


A prejudice that sways the mind.

Cesarean birth

Surgical birth of the fetus through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus.

Delegated nursing interventions

Physician-prescribed nursing actions that require nursing judgment because nurses are accountable for correct implementation. See also independent nursing interventions.


The developing baby from 9 weeks after conception until birth. In everyday practice the term is often used to describe a developing baby during pregnancy, regardless of age.

Independent nursing interventions

Nurse-prescribed actions used in both nursing diagnoses and collaboratively addressed problems. See also delegated nursing interventions.


The act of drawing a conclusion or making a deduction.


An opinion.

Nursing diagnosis

A clinical judgment about individual, family, or community responses to actual or potential health problems or life processes.


Meditation, attentive consideration.


Doubt in the absence of conclusive evidence.


To delay or to bring to a stop temporarily.


To make certain that the information collected during assessment is accurate.

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