The INTERGROWTH-21st project, coordinated by the University of Oxford’s Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI), provided clinicians and researchers with globally standardized growth charts to accurately measure fetal and newborn growth. The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) partnered with OMPHI to inform policymakers and clinicians of the benefits of using INTERGROWTH-21st charts for newborn health.
Research from the INTERGROWTH-21st project found that, contrary to previous research, when mothers are healthy, babies grow similarly around the globe regardless of race and ethnicity. These findings have significant implications for improving the quality of perinatal research and newborn care. The INTERGROWTH-21st charts provide more accurate guidelines for measuring and classifying newborn growth. Babies who are small for gestational age can be classified as “normal” based on outdated growth charts, which means they won’t get the care they need. We have estimated that each year, at least 13 million newborns around the world who would be considered normal based on outdated charts will be identified as undernourished using the more accurate INTERGROWTH-21st standards.
Through the INTERGROWTH-21st project, the MHTF and OMPHI helped bridge the gap between research and practice by connecting leading researchers, policymakers and program implementers to incorporate INTERGROWTH-21st standards into global efforts to improve newborn health.
Read findings from studies conducted as a part of the INTERGROWTH-21st project:
International standards for symphysis-fundal height based on serial measurements from the Fetal Growth Longitudinal Study of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project: prospective cohort study in eight countries
BMJ | November 2016
International Estimated Fetal Weight Standards of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project
Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology | November 2016
International standards for early fetal size and pregnancy dating based on ultrasound measurement of crown-rump length in the first trimester
Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology | November 2014
The likeness of fetal growth and newborn size across non-isolated populations in the INTERGROWTH-21st Project: The Fetal Growth Longitudinal Study and Newborn Cross-Sectional Study
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology | July 2014
Learn more about this project on the INTERGROWTH-21st website.