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The Fetal Observable Movement System (FOMS)

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Publication date6/04/2016
Host publicationFetal development: research on brain and behavior, environmental influences and emerging technologies
EditorsNadja Reissland, Barbara Kisilevsky
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages153-175
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319220239
ISBN (Print)9783319220222
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this chapter we describe a newly developed, objective coding system of fetal facial movements. It is argued that such a system is not only necessary to compare results from different laboratories but also has the potential to be used clinically in order to identify compromised fetuses. Furthermore, the system can be used to record fetal behaviors relating to maturation of fetal abilities such as expression of complex facial gestalts as well as sequential movements and reactions to external stimulation (e.g., sound, touch and light).