Term: Para

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05

Definition:

"Birth after 20 weeks' gestation, regardless of whether the infant is born alive or dead. The terms gravida and para refer to pregnancies, not to the fetus. Thus twins, triplets and other multiple fetuses count as one pregnancy and one birth.' (Olds SB et al., 2004).

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References 

  • Olds SB, London ML, Wieland PA, Davidson MR. Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc. 2004.(View)

Term used in 

  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)