How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: sources and preferences for information

McArdle, Annie, Flenady, Vicki, Toohill, Jocelyn, Gamble, Jenny and Creedy, Debra (2015) How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: sources and preferences for information. Women and Birth, 28 1: 54-59. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2014.10.002

Author McArdle, Annie
Flenady, Vicki
Toohill, Jocelyn
Gamble, Jenny
Creedy, Debra
Title How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: sources and preferences for information
Journal name Women and Birth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1878-1799
Publication date 2015-03
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.10.002
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 59
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract

Unexplained late gestation stillbirth is a significant health issue. Antenatal information about foetal movements has been demonstrated to reduce the stillbirth rate in women with decreased foetal movements. Midwives are ideally placed to provide this information to women.


To investigate pregnant women's perceptions of information about foetal movements and preferences for receiving information.


This prospective, descriptive study was conducted in the antenatal clinic of a large metropolitan maternity hospital.


Pregnant women (n = 526) at 34 weeks gestation or later were recruited. Only 67% of women reported receiving information about foetal movements. Women reported that midwives (80%), family (57%), friends (48%) and own mother (48%) provided this information. Midwives were the most preferred source of information. Around half (52%) of the women used the internet for information but only 11% nominated the web as their preferred information source.


Women prefer to be given as much information about foetal movements as possible. Women favour information from health professionals, mainly from a midwife. Midwives are well-placed to partner with pregnant women and give them unbiased and evidenced based information enabling them to make decisions and choices regarding their health and well-being. While the internet is a prevalent information source, women want to be reassured that it is trustworthy and want direction to reliable pregnancy related websites.
Keyword Antenatal care
Antenatal education
Maternal knowledge
Foetal movement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 25 Oct 2014

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