New fetal growth standards

The first international standards for fetal growth and newborn size could help combat stunting and obesity, say perinatal experts.

The new standards have been devised to replace more than 100 different locally produced growth charts around the world.

“These new standards allow, for the first time, international comparisons of newborn size from 33 to 42 weeks’ gestation, complementing the existing WHO Child Growth Standards, which start at birth but do not differentiate according