Ms. Engstrom holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Sciences and is currently engaged in doctoral studies in Nursing Sciences at the University of Illinois. Her professional experience has included: staff nursing in Labor and Delivery, High-Risk Antepartum, Postpartum, and Gynecology units. She also has functioned as a certified nurse-midwife and is currently an instructor within the Nurse-Midwifery Sequence, Department of Maternal-Child Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago.
QUICKENING AND AUSCULTATION OF FETAL HEART TONES AS ESTIMATORS OF THE GESTATIONAL INTERVAL A Review
Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
1985 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 25–32, January-February 1985
How to Cite
Engstrom, J. L. (1985), QUICKENING AND AUSCULTATION OF FETAL HEART TONES AS ESTIMATORS OF THE GESTATIONAL INTERVAL A Review. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 30: 25–32. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(85)90210-1
- Issue online: 10 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
The literature on the topics of quickening and auscultation of fetal heart tones as estimators of the gestational interval is reviewed. An historical overview of the use of these two events in determining the gestational interval is presented and a summary of the research on these topics is provided. Although limited, the research on each of these estimators demonstrates that the weeks of gestation at which each event occurs is highly variable among women. The use of either of these events as the only method of estimating the gestational interval is discouraged.