The Birth Place

At The Birth Place

Biophysical Profile (BPP)

  • What? This test combines several assessments into a single score that indicates your baby’s well-being.
  • Why? The BPP score may give your medical team a more comprehensive view of your baby’s health.
  • How? This test uses the same technology and techniques as the non-stress test (NST) and the amniotic fluid assessment (AFI). Points are assigned to five areas, as indicated below:
    • Non-Stress Test (NST) – 2 points for a reactive result
    • Amniotic Fluid Assessment (AFI) – 2 points for adequate fluid
    • Fetal Muscle Tone Assessment – 2 points for a clenched hand or an extension of the arm or leg
    • Fetal movements – 2 points for 3 movements in 34 minutes
    • Fetal breathing movements – 2 points for hiccups or continuous breathing for 30 seconds (note that here, “breathing” means your baby is exercising her breathing muscle by drawing amniotic fluid, not air, into her lungs).