Welcome to the website of the Gestation
Network. This site aims to highlight the importance
of an individual approach in the assessment of fetal growth,
based on maternal, fetal and pregnancy characteristics.
Fetal growth is of principal concern in perinatal surveillance.
It has relevance for
Antenatal care: failure to thrive in
utero can lead to fetal death; antepartum stillbirth is the largest
contributor to perinatal mortality in most developed countries.
Intrapartum surveillance: growth restricted
fetuses are more likely to become distressed during labour.
Neonatal care: babies who are small due
to prematurity or growth restriction are more prone to neonatal
This site contains software for calculating
age, estimated fetal weight, fetal
growth charts and birthweight
centiles. Click on the relevant link below.To learn more about the GROW technique, see GROW documentation.
Disclaimer: The Gestation
Network and authors of the software cannot accept responsibility
for any clinical diagnoses or decisions made on the basis
of programmes downloaded from this site.
GROW - customised software programmes contain
algorithms based on published principles and formulae
which are copyright of the Gestation Network.