Gastroschisis: A Review of Practice

Christian Wright, Sadie Geraghty

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Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect in the fetus, affecting as many as 1 in 2000 pregnancies. This is a complex medical condition that is growing in prevalence worldwide, and one to which midwives will inevitably be exposed. There is a lack of consensus in the literature as to the cause of gastroschisis and for clear evidence-based treatment regarding indication and timing of birth. While it is agreed that specialist multidisciplinary collaboration is needed from pre-conception, through antenatal surveillance, and into labour, birth and postnatal care, the research is medically led, with no description of a midwifery role. In acknowledging that gastroschisis is a complex medical issue, specific medical and surgical interventions are not examined, but instead a midwifery plan of care within the multidisciplinary approach is derived from the available literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-760
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number12
Early online date9 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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