Antepartum Fetal Surveillance

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Antepartum fetal surveillance aims to decrease perinatal morbidity and mortality; however, unnecessary iatrogenic preterm delivery should be avoided as well. Antenatal testing may include contraction stress tests, nonstress tests, biophysical profiles, and modified biophysical profiles. Decreased fetal movement by maternal report is appealing as an inexpensive, simple screening method, but evidence is mixed regarding its utility [1].


NST Nonstress test BPP Biophysical Fetal surveillance Kick counts Surveillance 


  1. 1.
    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies. Chapter 12. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 145: antepartum fetal surveillance. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;124:182–92.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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