Research on Baby Movements and Stillbirth

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based public health campaign dedicated to the prevention of stillbirth and infant death by educating providers and expectant parents about the importance of tracking fetal movement in the third trimester of pregnancy.

The Count the Kicks campaign was created based on public health research in Norway that demonstrated a 30 percent reduction in stillbirth by teaching pregnant women how to monitor fetal movement during the third trimester of pregnancy by doing kick counts on a daily basis. 

Research and best practices are very important to our mission to save babies. Please visit the links below to learn more about the latest research in stillbirth and infant death prevention.

Tracking fetal movement is a non-invasive way for expectant parents to monitor their baby’s health in the third trimester of pregnancy. As we saw in our Norway research and with Count the Kicks in Iowa, babies can be saved when expectant parents are educated on getting to know their baby’s normal movement pattern starting at 28 weeks and to speak up if they notice a change. Babies have literally been saved with this proven method.”
– Dr. Ruth Fretts, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Count the Kicks Medical Advisory Board Member

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