Meaning of antepartum in English:


Pronunciation /ˌantɪˈpɑːtəm/


  • Occurring not long before childbirth.

    ‘The biophysical profile integrates several observations of fetal status into an assessment tool that usually is used during the antepartum period to guide clinical management.’
    • ‘Procedures that increase the likelihood of direct fetal exposure to maternal blood should be minimized during the antepartum and intrapartum periods.’
    • ‘The safety and effectiveness of antiretroviral agents in the antepartum period and during labor is an area of active research, and recommendations are continually being updated and modified.’
    • ‘Recent reports suggest that bright light therapy has an antidepressant effect on patients with antepartum depression.’
    • ‘There are published data indicating that approximately two-thirds of high risk newborns can be anticipated by careful antepartum evaluation.’


Mid 19th century from Latin, ‘before birth’.