Spotlight| Volume 33, ISSUE 2, P54-56, February 2023

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Ultrasonography on the labour ward

Published:December 14, 2022DOI:


      The role of fetal ultrasonography in the antepartum period is well established. Its utility on the labour ward - either intra-partum, just prior to labour or post-partum - is less clear however. Its current application on the labour ward ranges from simple determination of fetal position to the more complex assessment/prediction of labour progress to appraising fetal physiological responses to intrapartum stress. Unfortunately, established guidelines for the appropriate implementation of these techniques appear to be lacking. Here, we review the current evidence-base for the clinical application of ultrasound on the labour ward and suggest future research directions.


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