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  • Laurie Davis CNM, MS, MAJ

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    • Ms. Laurie Davis obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree at California State University of Fresno in 1976 and her Master's Degree in Nurse Midwifery and Education at the University of Kentucky in December 1983. In 1978 she accepted a commission into the Army Nurse Corps as a Maternal-Child Health Nurse. Currently she is on active duty as a Major practicing as a Staff Certified Nurse-Midwife at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She also is an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Nursing School at Vanderbilt University, as well as being involved in other areas of both patient and staff education.

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Fetal movements, since biblical times, have been viewed as a reassuring sign of a healthy pregnancy. If the fetus was active, both mother and the health care provider knew that the fetus was at least alive. It was not until the last 15 years that the obstetric community began to place greater emphasis on the importance of the fetal movements. At present, not only an absence of movement, but also a decrease or sudden change in the number or quality of movements should create alarm. This article reviews the growth in the usage of the fetal movement count through a review of the literature. Recommendations on choosing and/or modifying a counting method to fit your clientele also are presented.