State Senator Educates Women about Fetal Health

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In the 10 years since she delivered a stillborn baby girl, state Sen. Janet Petersen has been on a mission to help other mothers avoid such a tragedy.

A public health campaign she started with four other moms who suffered similar losses is now reaching women in Iowa and branching out around the country.

Called "Count the Kicks," the campaign educates women about how to monitor their babies' activity during the final stages of pregnancy so that they may notice any potentially problematic changes. Since the 2009 launch, the campaign has been adopted by more than 75 percent of Iowa OB/GYN clinic and birthing hospitals.

A new "Count the Kicks" web application was launched last month and efforts to create similar programs are underway in seven states.
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