Research out of the United States in 2009(a) has shown that the ultrasound scan / pregnancy partnership is here to stay with the number of scans per pregnancy doubling over a ten year period. In this new innovative website, fetalgrowthchart.com has captured this rising trend of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy. "By offering the opportunity for women to plot their own unborn baby's measurements, the site acknowledges 'what women want' ; to know that their pregnancy is progressing well and how their baby is growing compared to the accepted average" says website founder Judith Bone.
First of its kind
To the best of the creators knowledge, this technology is now available to the public for the very first time. Giving pregnant women access to plot their own fetal growth chart, empowers, reassures and helps women make informed choices about their pregnancy. Babies growth is one of the first indicators that the placenta is feeding the baby adequately and the graph allows early identification of issues such as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and others. The site offers a wealth of information to help women understand the value of scans and to help them interpret what their own measurements may mean. Judith also acknowledges that any interpretation or decisions need to be made in consultation with their own doctor or maternity health provider. "There are too many variables to assume that medical decisions can be made online" she says.
For prospective parents and professionals
Subscriptions to the fetalgrowthchart.com can be purchased for only US$29, creating an individual account to enable the user to plot every scan measurement for their entire pregnancy. All that is required is to submit the measurements found on the scan report into the graphing tool - the chart is then ready to print. The chart will show where the four measurements fall on the percentile graph. The personal subscriber can also choose from a number of border styles if they wish, can print it or email a link to family and friends to view too. The subscription expires one month after the baby's expected delivery date.
A subscription is also available for health professionals that gives access to plot up to fifty patients charts and is renewable yearly. As a bonus extra, a chart is also available free of charge that can then be printed and manually plotted if desired.
Owned and created by Judith Bone, an experienced midwife of over 35 years, the site offers an ever growing number of blogs to give pregnant women answers to the many questions that confront them. From what foods to avoid and why, to why give vitamin K to babies, to how new dads can support their partners in labour. "The site is a must for pregnant women all over the globe", says Judith, and we've written it in an easy to understand style. The blogs are short and conversational;
Bonus free resources
As well as the free fetal growth chart, the e-book "Five proven keys for a healthy baby" (worth $9.95) can be downloaded from the site; this gives 'planning to be pregnant' or pregnant women lots of advice to ensure they give their baby the best possible chance of a healthy start in life.
Fetal Growth Chart is a brand new concept in pregnancy websites that is bound to capture this niche market and become a must-visit site for women all over the world.
(a) Siddique, J., Lauderdale, D.S., Vanderweele, T.J. & Lantos, J.D. (2009). Trends in prenatal ultrasound use in the United States: 1995 to 2006. Medical Care, 2009 Nov; 47(11): 1129-35.
For more information, visit http://www.fetalgrowthchart.com