Information For Clinicians
Fetal movements are a reliable indicator of fetal well-being. Decreased fetal movements (DFM) is associated with various adverse pregnancy outcomes, including stillbirth. Although many women experience DFM at some point during pregnancy, any maternal reporting of a change in movements should be taken seriously.
By supporting pregnant women to be aware of their baby’s movements, and knowing what YOU need do if a woman reports a change in movements, you are playing your part in keeping babies safe.
This page provides a suite of resources to support you to provide the best care when a woman reports a change in her baby’s movements.
The resources have been developed based on the associated clinical guideline produced by the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth. A link to this guideline is included below.
A baby moving during pregnancy can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll and these are a sign that baby is well. When a baby is unwell, they may try to save energy by slowing down their movements. This can be the first sign of a problem.
It is important that this information be shared with partners, family and friends so that they too can understand the importance of fetal movements.
Our new e-Learning guide for clinical staff provides education on the latest guidelines for the management of Decreased Fetal Movements.
We encourage you to circulate the guideline among your organisations and networks, taking particular note of the algorithm for management of DFM. The algorithm is designed to be printed and used as a reference in the clinical areas.
This webinar was created by Safer Care Victoria in collaboration with the Stillbirth CRE. It covers current best practice in identifying and managing decreased fetal movements and details an upcoming campaign aimed at reducing stillbirth rates, and what it will mean for maternity services.