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Defining Abnormal Fetal Growth and Perinatal Risk: Population or Customized Standards?

Appropriate fetal growth and development in utero is essential for newborn health and lifelong well-being. An aim of obstetric care is to detect fetuses at risk of complications from fetal growth disorders, and intervene to reduce the risk.

For this month's Editorial, Sarah Stock and Jenny Myers discuss different approaches to fetal and neonatal growth assessment in light of two new research articles published in this month's PLOS Medicine that contribute to the evidence base regarding the use of population charts for detection of fetal growth disorders and how best to determine risk of complications. They argue that the benefits of detecting fetal growth disorders can only be realized if we can effectively reduce risk of complications.

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