In general antepartum fetal assessment utilizes various techniques to assess fetal health and well being in pregnancies that are at increased risk of fetal death due to preexisting maternal conditions chronic hypertension or pregnancy related complications fetal growth restriction fgr. Antepartum testing methods assess the fetus for its ability to perform behaviors appropriate to its gestational age in an effort to identify or rule out developing fetal asphyxia an insidious chronic loss of oxygenation causes the term or near term fetus to lose the ability to perform expected functions. Antepartum fetal assessment is an area of increasing importance today especially as technology has grown and more studies have presented evidence based information it is no longer acceptable to take a wait and see stance when problems appear during pregnancy antepartum fetal assessment can be considered a twofold assessment. Start studying module 2 antepartum fetal assessment learn vocabulary terms and more with flashcards games and other study tools. The interpretation of antepartum testing using screening test validity concepts is addressed as is the current and emerging role of the nurse midwife in fetal assessment
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