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Key messages

When a woman reports decreased fetal movements, please undertake an assessment of the woman and her baby as soon as possible, preferably within two hours.

Make sure you provide your pregnant women with information about baby movements at every clinic visit.

Safer Care Victoria is partnering in Movements Matter - a public campaign to help Victorian women report decreased fetal movements, and reduce the number of potentially preventable stillbirths. 

This may result in more queries and increased presentations.

To make sure you’re ready, we have a range of resources below.


Covers current best practice in identifying and managing decreased fetal movements.

Panel members included: 

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon - Lead Public Awareness campaign, Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care, NSW
  • Professor Vicki Flenady - Director Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence
  • Dr Joanna Said - Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine - Sunshine Hospital
  • Colleen White - Midwifery Manager Birth Suite Monash Medical Centre
  • Dr Nicola Yuen - Clinical Lead Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network

Best practice guidance

Maternity eHandbook on decreased fetal movements

Provides consistent and practical advice regarding assessment, management and escalation about Decreased Fetal Movements for maternity clinicians.

CRE/PSANZ Clinical practice guideline for the care of women with decreased fetal movements

To assist health care providers to provide best care when women have decreased fetal movements. Includes an algorithm designed to be printed and used as a reference in the clinical areas.

Online learning

Decreased fetal movements online learning package

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

Get in touch

Tracy Firth
Safer Care Victoria
03 9096 2154

Page last updated: 10 Oct 2018

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