Let us be clear: the same systemic racism that led to the abhorrent killing of George Floyd last week also helped create the Black maternal health crisis in America.
Black babies are two times more likely to be stillborn in America than white babies. Every year we lose nearly 7,000 Black babies in the final weeks of pregnancy.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with Count the Kicks to educate and empower pregnant women in South Carolina about the importance of tracking fetal movement in the third trimester of pregnancy.
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.