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Fetal movement awareness raising: more harm than good!
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    A shot of light in the dark, but still waiting for the big bang
    • Bassel H.Al Wattar, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology The University of Warwick

    I commend the authors for their well balanced and informative review on recent evidence on reduced fetal movement (RFM). Over the years I sadly saw the practice in the NHS being driven by fear and emotions rather than evidence, certainly, some units now offer mothers induction of labour even after a single episode of RFM! Junior doctors are prompted to act on RFM at induction day, and hospitals are adopting the official Care Bundle from the NHS promoting action ( yet, where is the evidence that any of this is beneficial?! certainly efforts like the AFFIRM study need wider dissemination and adoption by policymakers. The question remains, what can we offer to worried couples presenting with RFM daily? Still waiting for the game-changer.

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