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Title Studies in fetal behavior : revisited, renewed, and reimagined / Janet A. DiPietro, Kathleen A. Costigan, Kristin M. Voegtline ; with commentaries by Karen Brakke and Curt A. Sandman.

Publication Info. Boston, Massachusetts : Wiley, 2015.


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Description vii, 151 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Series Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 0037-976X ; serial no. 318, vol. 80, no. 3
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development ; vol. 80, no. 3.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents [pt. 1:] Abstract -- Fetal development research in context: seventy-five years of influence of the Fels Longitudinal Study -- Why study the fetus? -- Methods to monitor the fetus -- Description of our research program -- Fetal heart rate and variability -- Fetal motor activity -- Integration of fetal movement and fetal heart rate -- The maternal context -- Sex differences in fetal development -- Siblings -- Deviations from normal development -- General discussion -- Fetal neurobehavioral research reimagined -- References -- Acknowledgments -- [pt. 2:] Commentaries: Story and history in fetal behavior / Karen Brakke -- Mysteries of the human fetus revealed / Curt A. Sandman -- Contributors -- Statement of editorial policy -- Subject index.
Summary [This volume] provides historical and contemporary context of the knowledge regarding fetal development, as well as results from new research. Hierarchical linear modeling of developmental trajectories reveals that the fetus develops in predictable ways consistent with advancing parasympathetic regulation. Findings also include: within-fetus stability (i.e., preservation of rank ordering over time) for heart rate, motor, and coupling measures; a transitional period of decelerating development near 30 weeks gestation; sex differences in fetal heart rate measures but not in most fetal motor activity measures; modest correspondence in fetal neurodevelopment among siblings as compared to unrelated fetuses; and deviations from normative fetal development in fetuses affected by intrauterine growth restriction and other conditions. Maternal parameters also change during this period of gestation and there is evidence that fetal sex and individual variation in fetal neurobehavior influence maternal physiological processes and the local intrauterine context. Results are discussed within the framework of neuromaturation, the emergence of individual differences, and the bidirectional nature of the maternal-fetal relationship. A number of open questions are posed for future research. Although the human fetus remains just out of reach, new technologies portend an era of accelerated discovery of the earliest period of development. --from publisher.
Subject Fetal behavior.
Added Author DiPietro, Janet A., author.
Costigan, Kathleen A., author.
Voegtline, Kristin M., author.
Bauer, Patricia J., editor.

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