Iowan's campaign urges those pregnant to 'count the kicks'

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Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES — In the 10 years since she delivered a stillborn baby girl, Janet Petersen of Iowa has been on a mission to help other mothers try to avoid a similar plight.

A public health campaign that the state senator started with four other women who suffered similar losses is now branching out around the country. Called Count the Kicks, the campaign educates women about how to monitor a baby's activity during the final stages of pregnancy in the hope that any potentially problematic changes will be noticed. Since the 2009 launch, the campaign has been adopted by more than 75 percent of Iowa's obstetrics and gynecology clinic and birthing hospitals.

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