Tracking Fetal Movement Saves Babies

We are thrilled every time we learn that a baby has been saved because expectant parents knew the importance of tracking fetal movement. Just click on the beautiful faces below to discover how Count the Kicks saved each of their lives.

An informed mom. A miracle baby.

The doctor said her blood levels were so low she wouldn’t have made it if we had waited another 10 minutes to deliver her. Because of your campaign, I was more aware of her movement and able to bring attention to a problem and save her life! – Erica, Chesney’s mom

Count the Kicks works.

Thank you, Count the Kicks, for everything you do to educate people about kick counting. It doesn’t cost anything, but its results are priceless. – Amanda, Preston’s mom

MEET OUR BABY SAVES

Meet Chanson

Please let me be clear about one thing:  There is no doubt about it in my mind the "Count the Kicks" movement saved my baby boy's life!  My journey with "Count the Kicks" actually began several years before my first pregnancy.  Dealing with endometriosis landed me in the doctor's office often, and while waiting to be seen, I would read posters in the exam room.  Count the Kicks was front and center and I repeatedly saw it, but knew it didn't apply to me at the time.  A few years later, when I was pregnant with our first son, I paid more attention to all the Count the Kicks posters with an excitement of anticipating the very first kick of my growing baby.  I remember it well.  Those flutters and kicks were my baby communicating to me, "Mama, I'm here and growing and getting stronger."  It's the best feeling.

In November our first son was born safely, but I suffered issues due to my endometriosis and it took awhile to recover.  Fast forward to the desire we as a couple had for a second child, and more trips to the doctors because we were having trouble getting pregnant.  More waiting rooms, more exam rooms and more Count the Kicks poster to read, etching the information into my mind once again.  After multiple tests, I was told the chances of me being able to get pregnant again was almost impossible.  Key word, ALMOST... a month later, I was pregnant and looking forward to feeling my little baby kick my belly and say hello!  His first kick was so strong!  He already was our little miracle baby, and with every kick I was reminded how thankful we were for this second little baby growing in my belly.  Even when he kicked me in the ribs over and over, I was grateful and thought it was a good feeling!  His due date was the first week of October and our pregnancy tootled along without incident, though they would be treating his delivery as a high risk, not for his safety, but for mine because of the issues I encountered the first time.

September rolled around and on a beautiful fall day, we scheduled an afternoon play date with friends.  I remember mentioning to my friend, my baby's kicks seemed slower and not quite as often as his usual strong kicks constantly making his presence known.   He was still moving, but differently.  My friend tried to put my mind at ease, by telling me it's the end of my pregnancy and he just doesn't have the room to kick around as much. In the back of my mind I was thinking of all those Count the Kicks posters and very aware of my baby. I was also praying my husband's flight would be on time, landing in just a few hours. We had planned on dinner out with my parents as soon as we picked him up from the airport.  At dinner I was getting more nervous because the baby's kicks were now obviously less frequent. I tried what doctors often do...drinking lots of ice water to see if that would cause him to kick more. It didn't, and the Count the Kick posters were now blaring in my mind to be checked; at the same time my Mom advised me to call the doctor and talk to them.  I did and was told to go to the hospital.

Immediately, they hooked me up to monitors, and I was relieved to see the baby's heart beat going thump thump.  However, the nurse came in and informed us the doctor ordered a stress test/ultra sound for the baby.  The technician came and did the tests.  They watch the baby over an extended amount of time and compare its movement with its heart rate while watching it on an ultrasound.  The tech was very quiet and eerie during the test.  With the statement, "I'm not seeing everything" she abruptly left the room and I started shaking.  Two seconds later the doctor came in and simply stated, "we need to get this baby out, the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck at least three times."   A flurry of activity ensued and I couldn't stop shaking.  Our family prayed as I was wheeled into the operating room.  Chanson was born without incident and is a very healthy active boy. After his birth, the doctor's haunting statement stays with me still, "he wouldn't have made it through the night."

The change in a babies' kicks is real information!  It is the only "voice" a pregnant Mom should listen to when she notices there aren't as many or aren't as strong.  Count the Kicks!  Babies do not stop moving when you are nine months pregnant.  You won't look foolish for calling the doctor and being seen.  Count the Kicks saved my baby's life!

- Jenise R., Chanson's mom

Meet Lincoln

My little guy entered this world at 32 weeks gestation. I was always very in tune with my pregnancy and paid close attention to the times where he was the most active. I picked a certain time every day to count his kicks. One day I noticed that I wasn't feeling him move as much so I got a little worried. I ended up having a non-stress test and a biophysical profile ultrasound. He failed both tests. I was admitted to the hospital for observation and later had an emergency C-section.

The doctor said had I not paid attention to his kicks that he would not be here with us today. My son's cord was wrapped around his neck numerous times which was restricting his movements. Kicks are very important in all pregnancies and definitely can save a life. My son is living proof of that.

- Missy C., Lincoln's Mom

Meet Cayson

It was Labor Day 2015 and my husband and I were making a big breakfast as he had the day off. We had joked about going into labor on Labor Day day for the weeks leading up to it. I remember feeling so refreshed that my little guy didn't wake me up kicking and moving all night like he usually did, but I knew it was a red flag and started doing everything I could to get him to move. 

I drank some cold orange juice and walked up and down some stairs, but got no movement. I grabbed my portable fetal heart monitor and was relieved to hear a strong heartbeat, but I knew that wouldn't tell me if the baby was stressed. 

I called my doctor and was told to come to the hospital right away as the clinic was closed for the holiday. I was hooked up for a non-stress test followed by an ultrasound where he didn't move or breath his own. The tech called the doctor and as she hung up she said, "You're going to be having this baby today!"

I was induced within minutes. After he was here and healthy my doctor came up to me, squeezed my arm tight and said, "I'm so happy you came in, this could have ended so differently for you today."

Tears streamed down my face as I looked past her starring at my healthy baby in his bassinet. 

-Cayson's Mom

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Meet William

Megan was pregnant with her first child when a friend told her about Counting the Kicks.

“I never would have thought about him not kicking as much or to tell my doctor if it wasn’t for Count the Kicks.  You feel a little bit embarrassed about bringing every little thing up.”

But because Megan knew about Count the Kicks, she called her doctor when she noticed that William wasn’t moving as much.

Those concerns led to a series of tests and the induction of labor.

Turns out, William’s cord was wrapped around his neck.

By paying attention to William’s movements, Megan was able to alert her doctor, which led to the birth of a healthy baby boy.

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Meet Leo

This is Leo. He was born at 28 1/2 weeks.

At my 28 week appointment, I was told about the Count the Kicks program.

Honestly, I didn't give it much thought as I'd never had problems with my first-born and had been pretty healthy with this one.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I noticed some small contractions.

By the following Monday, I noticed he wasn't moving much. I thought he was just being stubborn and sleepy.

A few days later, on that Wednesday morning, my motherly instincts told me something wasn't right.

I remembered the Count the Kicks advice I was told about exactly a week before.

I called my doctor and was told to come in.

There was no fetal movement on the ultrasound, and a very, very faint heartbeat.

Within minutes, doctors literally ran me in for an emergency c-section.

Leo had to be resuscitated twice, but he made it.

He was fortunate to make it through a brain bleed, and after two months in the NICU he came home.

He is now an active and ornery soon-to-be 18-month old.

I can't thank you enough for this program. The doctors told us if I had waited another few hours, both my son and I would not be here to share our story.

I'm finally able to share this with you, as it's been difficult to be reminded of such a scary and uncertain time.

My advice to all moms-to-be: Listen to your instincts and count the kicks!!!

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Meet Sawyer

I'm laying here next to our miracle baby. She's our third that we fought so hard to conceive. We lost four pregnancies and almost my life to an ectopic rupture.

She's three weeks old and we are smitten. Her older brother in love, as well.

It breaks my heart to think we almost lost her.

At 34 weeks, I had a day where she wasn't moving much. This wasn't normal for her. I laid down, drank lots of water and drank some OJ. Something wasn't right.

I called my perinatologist and went in for a nonstress test the next morning. She wasn't having the appropriate accelerations. They had to buzz her to get the minimum allowed to pass.  I was sent home and told not to worry.

A week later, I went into preterm labor. I arrived at the hospital and the triage nurse couldn't pick up my contractions on the monitor well and wanted to send me home. My MFM advocated for me because of the borderline nonstress test, lack of movement and admitted me.

Labor was uneventful until I hit 10 cm. The baby's heart rate plummeted, and they placed me on oxygen. The nurses rolled me on my side and then back to my back to push. Each time the baby's heart rate plummeted.

The MFM gasped when she delivered the baby and held up her cord. She had a true knot.

The doctor kept saying she had only seen a few in her many years and they had not had a positive outcome. She said we were lucky that I had preterm labor because had we gone full-term, she could've been in real danger of not making it. My heart burst.

We had had so many ultrasounds - biweekly from 12-34 weeks. We had non stress tests and biophysical profiles the last few weeks. How could this not be known earlier?

We spent a week in the NICU for respiratory distress, but she is home safe now.

I want to thank your campaign for striking in my mind that I needed to advocate for myself and my baby when movement wasn't normal. Even a third-time mom needed this reminder.

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Meet Liam

“The doctor told us that if I hadn’t been counting kicks and hadn’t been made aware of the situation, our baby probably wouldn’t be with us today.

She said that she could almost guarantee that he would have been stillborn if we would have waited."

- Katie, Liam’s mom

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Meet Ryan

This was my third otherwise healthy pregnancy and I felt like somewhat of an expert, not needing to read up on what i should expect while expecting. 🙂

The only new information I received from my doctor was your "Count the Kicks" brochure.  I read it one night in bed and the story on the back really resonated with me because my first son was born via c-section due to his cord being wrapped twice around his neck, ABGAR of 2 and so on.  (After a week in the NICU he came home happy and healthy).

However, I read the brochure's Count the Kicks testimonial to my husband that night and he decided to enter a 9:30 p.m. daily reminder on my phone to count the kicks.  It was VERY nice to have the reminder, and it gave my husband and I some quiet time each night to get to know our baby.

On Jan 3, I went to my 37 week appointment, and I had just started to notice a VERY slight reduction in his movements. From everything I'd remembered reading I thought that that was very normal as he was running out of room to move.  But something that morning made me want to just mention it and just to clarify, "What kind of movements are we looking for at this point?"

My doctor said that anytime a mother notices changes in movement they like to run a nonstress test.  He was moving a little, but not enough to "pass" the test.  Next was the ultrasound.  Same results.  We decided to have him that day.

Ryan Joseph was born that afternoon with a true knot in his umbilical cord.  By God's grace he was otherwise healthy.

I am so grateful to you and your campaign for bringing awareness to this important issue. I am so glad we received your brochure, because of which we took the time each night to get to know our unborn baby and his kicks.  It TRULY helped to save our Ryan's life.

-Sarah, Ryan’s mom

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