Monday, July 9, 2012

Navigating the Secret Online Language of Childbirth

Since I have started researching and reading more about all things childbirth, I continually find my reading interrupted by an acronym or intialism with which I am unfamiliar. I have to open a new tab and Google the acronym or abbreviation, which can sometimes be a very interesting experience. I thought it would be good to define some of them here for others who may be having the same problem.


  • EDD - Estimated Due Date
  • PPD - Postpartum Depression
  • VBAC - Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
  • VBA2C - Vaginal Birth After Two Cesareans (this one can be seen with any number in place of 2)
  • CBAC - Cesarean Birth After Cesarean
  • BFing - Breastfeeding
  • NIP - Nursing In Public
  • NAK - Nursing At Keyboard
  • EBF - Exclusively Breastfed (or Feeding)
  • IGT (Insufficient Glandular Tissue)
  • BLW - Baby Led Weaning
Babywearing and Others
  • RS - Ring Sling
  • SSC - Soft Structured Carrier
  • BW - Baby Wearing
  • CIO - Cry It Out
I'm sure there are many more that I missed, but this is a pretty good start. I will add to the list as I encounter more I have to look up.

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