Every Woman Counts Event
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2020 Every Woman Counts Virtual Events live on Zoom! Plans for 2021 are underway, and we will announce more details as soon as they are available. In the meantime please enjoy the highlights from this year’s event.
Every Woman Counts is an annual fundraising event for Healthy Birth Day, Inc. the nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks public health campaign. All proceeds benefit our mission to educate and empower expectant moms about the importance of kick counting in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Watch the 2020 Virtual Event
Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist and author of “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One.” Ginger Zee joined us for the 2020 live virtual events from her home in New York to share a message on the importance of mental health and self-care.
Help Count the Kicks save babies NOW
Since the pandemic began, at least two babies have been saved when their moms spoke up because they noticed a change in their babies’ movements. We’re thrilled, but we also know that there are now more barriers to a healthy delivery than ever before. We need to spread the Count the Kicks message to as many expectant parents and providers as possible, and we need your help.
In a time where we are all united and working toward not burdening our health system, Count the Kicks is a part of the solution to help take the pressure off. Through our early warning system 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.
Let’s come together to save more.
2020 Event Chairs: Travis and Jenise Rychnovsky
Healthy Birth Day, Inc. is thrilled to introduce Travis and Jenise Rychnovsky, Chairs of the 2020 Every Woman Counts Virtual Events. They are the parents of two boys, Beckum, 7, a first-grader at Des Moines Christian, and Chanson, 4, who was saved by kick counting when Jenise was 38 weeks pregnant.
After trying for a year and defying doctor’s predictions, Jenise became pregnant with Chanson. She had spent lots of time in doctors office waiting rooms since before her first pregnancy, and became very familiar with the red and yellow Count the Kicks posters. Chanson was a kicker, and didn’t stop moving until 38 weeks, when he managed to wrap his umbilical cord around his neck three times. Thanks to those red and yellow posters at the doctor’s office, Jenise knew something was wrong, so she contacted her provider and went in to get checked out and Chanson became a baby saved by Count the Kicks! Today, Chanson is a passionate boy who loves to play hard and enjoys following his brother around.
Travis is the Chief Growth Officer for the Foster Group, where he works to ensure the community knows their vision for encouraging lives of meaning and generosity, and their heart for truly caring for the financial lives of their clients.
Jenise is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at a small private practice. She works to meet women where they are, and help them move forward in whatever struggle they find themselves in.
Travis and Jenise have a passion to save more babies and we’re honored they accepted our invitation to Chair this year’s Every Woman Counts virtual events. We thank them, from the bottom of our hearts, for their generosity in helping move our programmatic work forward. Travis and Jenise cordially invite you to attend Every Woman Counts on June 18.
2020 Founders Circle Award Winners
Janet Nickell Horras, State Home Visitation Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Janet Nickell Horras has over 30 years of experience in the home visiting field. She has spent the last 20 years working at the state government level. Janet has a bachelor degree in human services and has completed additional graduate study in public administration. A career highlight was providing consultation to China’s health ministry in the development of a home visiting program in China. Janet and her husband, together have eight adult children and eleven grandchildren ranging in age from 14 years down to 6 months old.
Dr. Neil Mandsager, Medical Director, MercyOne Perinatal Center
Dr. Mandsager started Perinatal Center of Iowa, LLC, in 1993. Born in Cameroon (a country located in west-central Africa), he was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, and attended Wartburg College. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his OB-Gyn residency in Columbia, Mo., before spending four years in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Mandsager completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
Kimberly Noble Piper, State Genetics Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health
Kimberly Noble Piper, RN, BS, CPH, CPHG, State Genetics Coordinator for Iowa and the Executive Officer for the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She holds certifications in public health and public health genomics. Kim started her nursing career as a maternity nurse and manager of maternity services in a large hospital in Des Moines. As a maternity nurse in a tertiary hospital, Kim cared for new families at all phases of the birthing process, from low-risk to high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Regardless of the situation, Kim always feels that it was a privilege to share such a special experience with families.
Kim was the perinatal nurse consultant for the Iowa Department of Public Health for six years prior to becoming the state genetics coordinator in 2004.
As the Executive Officer for the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, Kim is responsible for administrative oversight of the state’s public health genomic programs, one of which is the stillbirth surveillance and prevention program. Other CCID programs include newborn screening, maternal prenatal screening, regional genetics and neuromuscular clinics, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders (Iowa’s birth defects and stillbirth registry), and family health history programming.