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Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 Aug;58(4):463-468. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12762. Epub 2018 Jan 22.

Care of pregnant women with decreased fetal movements: Update of a clinical practice guideline for Australia and New Zealand.

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1
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute,, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
2
Mater Health Services, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
3
Stillbirth Foundation Australia, Sydney, Australia.
4
Morningside General Practice, Brisbane, Australia.
5
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
6
Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
7
Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.
8
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
9
Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre,, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
10
Ipswich Hospital, The University of Queensland, Ipswich, Australia.
11
La Trobe University and Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Australia.
12
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.
13
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth and the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) have recently partnered in updating an important clinical practice guideline, Care of pregnant women with decreased fetal movements. This guideline offers 12 recommendations and a suggested care pathway, with the aim to improve the quality of care for women reporting decreased fetal movements through an evidence-based approach. Adoption of the guideline by clinicians and maternity hospitals could result in earlier identification of higher-risk pregnancies, improved perinatal health outcomes for women and their babies, and reduced stillbirth rates.

KEYWORDS:

fetal movement; practice guideline; pregnancy; prenatal care; stillbirth

PMID:
29355899
DOI:
10.1111/ajo.12762

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