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Fetal movement counting for assessment of fetal wellbeing

Hofmeyr, George Justus ; Mangesi, Lindeka ; Smith, Valerie ; Smyth, Rebecca M. D. (2015-10-15)

CITATION: Hofmeyr, G. J. et al. 2015. Fetal movement counting for assessment of fetal wellbeing. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 10: Art. No.: CD004909, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004909.pub3.

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Background : Fetal movement counting is a method by which a woman quantifies the movements she feels to assess the condition of her baby. The purpose is to try to reduce perinatal mortality by alerting caregivers when the baby might be compromised. This method may be used routinely, or only in women who are considered at increased risk of complications affecting the baby. Fetal movement counting may allow the clinician to make appropriate interventions in good time to improve outcomes. On the other hand, fetal movement counting may cause unnecessary anxiety to pregnant women, or elicit unnecessary interventions. Objectives : To assess outcomes of pregnancy where fetal movement counting was done routinely, selectively or was not done at all; and to compare different methods of fetal movement counting.

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