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author = {Lai, J and Nowlan, N and Vaidyanathan, R and Shaw, C and Lees, C},
doi = {10.1111/aogs.12944},
journal = {Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica},
pages = {968--975},
title = {Fetal movements as a predictor of health},
url = {},
volume = {95},
year = {2016}

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AB - The key determinant to a fetus maintaining its health is through adequate perfusion and oxygen transfer mediated by the functioning placenta. When this equilibrium is distorted, a number of physiological changes including reduced fetal growth occur to favour survival. Technologies have been developed to monitor these changes with a view to prolong intrauterine maturity whilst reducing the risks of stillbirth. Many of these strategies involve complex interpretation, for example Doppler ultrasound for fetal blood flow and computerisedcomputerized analysis of fetal heart rate changes. However, even with these modalities of fetal assessment to determine the optimal timing of delivery, fetal movements remain integral to clinical decision making. In high risk cohorts with fetal growth restriction, the manifestation of a reduction in perceived movements may warrant an expedited delivery. Despite this, there remains has been little evolution in the development of technologies to objectively define evaluate normal fetal movement behavior for behavior, and where there has, there has been no linkage to clinical useapplication. In tThis review we is an attempt to understand synthesize currently available literature on the value of fetal movement analysis as a method of assessing fetal wellbeing, and show how interdisciplinary developments in this area may aid in improvements to clinical outcomes.
AU - Lai,J
AU - Nowlan,N
AU - Vaidyanathan,R
AU - Shaw,C
AU - Lees,C
DO - 10.1111/aogs.12944
EP - 975
PY - 2016///
SN - 1600-0412
SP - 968
TI - Fetal movements as a predictor of health
T2 - Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
UR -
UR -
VL - 95
ER -