Controlled trial of fetal intensive care

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1976 Oct 15;126(4):470-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(76)90641-4.


A fetal intensive care unit was formed at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in 1972. Because of some doubt concerning the value of fetal intensive care, a controlled clinical trial including all high-risk patients was performed. The trial clearly showed that intensive care is associated with improved neurologic and biochemical status of the neonate; however, it is possible that this improvement results from the use of fetal diagnostic tests or some other factor associated with intensive care. Sufficient evidence was gathered to warrant the continuation of fetal intensive care in this hospital, but in other contries, where funding is difficult to obtain, a controlled trial would appear justified.

MeSH terms

  • Blood
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Female
  • Fetal Heart / physiology
  • Fetus / physiology*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Pregnancy
  • Scalp / blood supply