My husband and I had listened to a podcast a few months back and it was given by Diep Nguyen, the OB that founded this organization http://www.babykickalliance.org/healthcarePro.asp
She was speaking of the decreased fetal mortality rates in various countries that promote public awareness of kick counting to all pregnant women, in order to track fetal activity on a daily basis. Then to immediately report changes in usual activity, in an effort to prevent stillborn and premature birth.
So I was really intrigued and began researching scholarly articles and whatever information I would find on it.
Then when I took the tour of our local hospital’s labor and delivery unit they handed out kick counting info to all of the expectant mothers on the tour.
I figured it was a simple exercise that I could do, and keep track of the sessions, so I began at the recommended time frame to start (24-28 weeks). That is when an expectant mother begins to recognize the daily fetal movement pattern and can note significant changes early and call her health care provider if she notices a change in daily pattern.
In NJ, there is the Fetal-Infant Mortality Review, I believe it's a unit of Dept of Health, anyway, they are on a public awareness campaign to promote kick counting to all pregnant women. I think that was part of the education pamphlet I received at the hospital when I did the Labor and Delivery Tour.
I use a device to track the last ten sessions but pen and paper is fine, or you can use one of those hand held manual clickers, they cost about 3 bucks on Amazon. If desired, there are also free fill-in charts that can be downloaded online.
It just seems like such a simple and easy thing to do, so I started doing it. Hopefully I'll not have to ever refer to it, but if so, now I have a record of my sessions and can report anything significant.