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.
Decreased fetal movements (either in strength or frequency) is a sign that the baby may be at risk of stillbirth and adverse pregnancy outcome. Women should contact their health care provider if they are concerned about their baby’s movements to arrange a time to be assessed as soon as possible.
To assist women to understand their baby’s movements and health care providers to provide best care when women have decreased fetal movements, we have developed a bundle of resources.
Our new e-Learning guide for clinical staff provides education on the latest guidelines for the management of Decreased Fetal Movements.
It is important that this information be shared with partners, family and friends so that they too can understand the importance of fetal movements.
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 conserve energy by slowing down their movements. This can be the first sign of a problem.
This campaign is led by Tommy’s and supported by Kicks Count and NHS England. For more information click here.