“The huge improvement in health care we can achieve is unprecedented.”
On 5th September 2014 the good news was released, that for the first time ever, there will be International standards to assess fetal growth and newborn babies’ size.
This is the first time in history that the approximately 120,000,000 babies who are born worldwide, each year, will be assessed using the same common standards. An International standard will reflect how a baby should develop under healthy circumstances, regardless of the country. Both fetal growth and newborn size will be assessed. Standards will be in place that highlight various measurements when mothers have proper nutrition, adequate health, socio-economic status and of course medical care.
Fetal growth and newborn size assessment led by Oxford University team of scientists
Ultrasound Pregnancy Scans Measure According To These Guidelines
Regardless of where the baby is during fetal development and after birth, the same standard for being either underweight are overweight will apply. Of course in the case of undernourished babies this means that additional nutritional and targeted support can be given.
Professor José Villar, a senior author of the study at Oxford University said:
‘The huge improvement in health care we can achieve is unprecedented.’
You can read more about this study by clicking on Fetal Growth and Newborn Size International Standards
New international standards took six years to complete
Overweight births is an increasing problem
‘We have produced the first international standards describing how babies in the womb should grow when they are provided with good health care and nutrition, and are living in a healthy environment. We now need to work with politicians and clinicians at regional, national and international levels to introduce the new tools into practice around the world.’
(You may like to read Fetal Development Stages Month By Month)
Midwife sonographer facilitated
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