Detection and Management of Decreased Fetal Movements in Pregnancy: A National Survey of Irish Practices

Valerie Smith (AIRC 2012)

Dr Valerie Smith is a part-time lecturer in Midwifery and a part-time Post-Doctoral Midwifery Research Fellow at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Valerie qualified as a General Nurse in 1998, as a Midwife in 2002 and as a Clinical Nurse Tutor in 2011. She completed a Masters in Science (MSc) by research in 2006 and defended her PhD thesis successfully in December 2010. She thoroughly enjoys her dual-role as researcher and teacher and continues to engage, on occasion, in clinical midwifery practice. Her teaching and research interests are in all areas of maternity care, but specifically her expertise includes methods for assessing fetal wellbeing, preterm birth, vaginal birth after caesarean section and systematic review methodology. Valerie writes a bi-monthly column for the Practising Midwife Journal highlighting Cochrane Systematic reviews and has reviewer commitments to 7 International healthcare journals.


Background The activity of formal fetal movement counting (FMc) for assessing fetal wellbeing gained popularity in the 1970s. However, due to conflicting evidence from non-randomised studies and a lack of evidence from... [ view full abstract ]


Valerie Smith (AIRC 2012)


Maternity Care 4 (10:30 - Thursday, 8th November, Lecture Theatre 0.32)

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