Helping from Home: A Note from our Executive Director

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On behalf of all of us at Count the Kicks, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. This is a highly unusual time and we have been thinking of you.

Our commitment to healthy birth outcomes is unwavering and we wanted to update you on a few items related to our work. First, we are watching closely to see how this pandemic is affecting pregnant women, and we’re providing factual, evidence-based information on COVID-19 and pregnancy on this webpage and on our social media channels. We are updating frequently as new information comes in.

We invite you to share this information with all the expectant parents you know — and invite them to download the free Count the Kicks app to track their baby’s movements and monitor their health. Because of our educational resources, including the app, expectant parents know when to call their provider and when to stay at home. Kick counting data within the app can even be emailed or texted directly to providers — a helpful way to determine the next best steps for mom and baby. In a time where we are all united and working toward not burdening our health system, Count the Kicks has a solution to help take the pressure off. 

Through our early warning system Count the Kicks, we have a community of moms who are in tune with their bodies and their babies, letting providers know when something feels off. Time and time again this system works — and babies are being saved across the country. Because you supported our work in the past and continue to do so today — you are a part of the solution during this crisis.

Soon we will be expanding our programming into two southern states — an area of the country losing babies at the highest rates. We’re thrilled to be reaching more moms at this critical time and look forward to announcing our partnerships in those states very soon. 

As part of our effort to provide cutting edge stillbirth prevention research and evidence-based tools to providers, we are thrilled to tell you about our NEW CE training. During this 90-minute training, providers will learn how to have the kick counting conversation with expectant parents, understand how to use the features of the Count the Kicks app, learn how to best utilize the free tools and resources available to them, and learn ways to respond if an expectant mother says they are experiencing reduced fetal movement.

As special thanks to providers, we are offering 50 percent off the $40 registration fee for a limited time. To register, visit bit.ly/CTK-CE-Training and use code savebabies-halfoff through May 31. 

Finally, we have been busy moving our Every Woman Counts luncheon to the fall. We were really looking forward to seeing everyone on April 28, but we want to do our part to help #FlattenTheCurve and stay at home. We hope to announce a new date in the coming weeks. Until then, we have some fun surprises planned for the week of April 28 (we couldn’t stand to be apart!) and hope you will join us on social media then.

Thank you for all you are doing to save babies with us. We know we will get through this together.

With Gratitude,

Emily

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Emily Price is the Executive Director of Healthy Birth Day, Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks public health campaign.