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.

  • Movements Matter video

    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.

  • Your Baby’s Movements Matter flyer

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    It is important that this information be shared with partners, family and friends so that they too can understand the importance of fetal movements.

    A5 Flyer Movements Matter (pdf, 273 KB)

  • Decreased Fetal Movements ELearning Guide for health care providers

    Our new e-Learning guide for clinical staff provides education on the latest guidelines for the management of Decreased Fetal Movements.

  • Safer Care Victoria Webinar

    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.