alexa A simple clinical formula for predicting fetal weight in labour at term--derivation and validation.
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health

Author(s): Buchmann E, Tlale K

Abstract Share this page

Abstract OBJECTIVES: To derive and validate a simple formula for birth weight based on symphysis-fundal height (SFH) measurement during labour, and to determine a useful SFH cut-off value for prediction of birth weight > or = 4000 g. METHODS: In a derivation study, SFH was measured in women at term in the active phase of labour. A simplified formula for birth weight was derived from a regression equation. The best cut-off SFH measurement was obtained for prediction of birth weight > or = 4000 g. After this, a similar study was done to validate these findings. RESULTS: In the derivation study (N = 504), birth weight was predicted by the equation: birth weight in g = 301 + 78 (SFH in cm). This was transformed to the simplified formula: birth weight in g = 100 ([SFH in cm]-5). Using this formula for the data set, 68.1\% of birth weight estimates were correct to within 10\% of the birth weight. For prediction of birth weight > or = 4000 g, an SFH measurement of 40 cm had a sensitivity of 82\% and a specificity of 80\%. In the validation study (N = 294), the derived simplified formula gave 65.0\% of estimates correct to within 10\% of the birth weight. The predictive values of the 40 cm SFH cut-off were similar to those in the derivation study. CONCLUSION: The derived simplified formula was validated in the second study. The formula may be useful for intrapartum use in term pregnancies. A cut-off SFH measurement of 40 cm may identify labours at risk for cephalopelvic disproportion or shoulder dystocia.
This article was published in S Afr Med J and referenced in Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords