We know that as a healthcare provider you have undoubtedly experienced a patient suffering a stillbirth and understand the emotional and physical pain felt not only by the family but also the entire medical team. One in 167 pregnancies ends in stillbirth, and among African American women the data is even more alarming: 1 in 94 African American women will experience a stillbirth. However, Count the Kicks is on a mission to change this story.
By teaching expectant parents how to monitor their baby’s movements during the third trimester, we can help them reduce the risk of losing their baby to stillbirth, which claims 24,000 babies in the U.S. every year.
Save Babies with Us: CE Training for Healthcare Professionals
Count the Kicks is committed to preventing stillbirths and eliminating disparities, but we can’t do it without the help of dedicated healthcare professionals like you. Teaching patients how to Count the Kicks is simple. It only takes a couple of minutes. And, it could save a baby’s life.
In our Continuing Education training “Save Babies with Us: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide on Talking to Expectant Parents about Count the Kicks and Fetal Monitoring!” you will develop a deeper understanding of our evidence-based program and learn proven strategies for how to talk to expectant parents about fetal movement.
With this training, you 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 for providers.
- Learn ways to respond if an expectant mother says they are experiencing reduced fetal movement.
- Be able to answer the most frequently asked questions related to kick counting.
- Earn 1.5 Continuing Education credits.
- Truly be impacting the lives of your expectant parents.
We hope you’ll join us in our mission to save babies by educating expectant moms that every kick counts. Together, we can help you deliver what you really want to deliver — more healthy babies.
We’ve pulled together all the tools you need to make sure every one of your pregnant moms learns how to Count the Kicks. Visit the links below for additional information.
- Best practices for Count the Kicks Providers
- Educational brochures and posters
- Free downloadable training materials
- A free Count the Kicks app for patients to track baby’s movements (available in the iOS and Google Play app stores)
- Research on fetal movement, stillbirth and stillbirth prevention
"We are so thankful for ALL the work that Count the Kicks has done and continues to do. They are committed to providing education to expectant mothers to help save newborn’s lives. It is amazing what started in Iowa to help prevent stillbirths, has made such an impact in not only our state but also at a national level."
— Sarah Copple, MSN, RNC-MNN Iowa AWHONN
- "Iowa Department of Public Health has been a long-time partner of Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and the Count the Kicks public health campaign. Our state has seen a 32 percent reduction in Iowa’s fetal death rate while the rest of the country has remained relatively stagnant. I believe this highly effective, evidence-based campaign is a model for the nation and will help save nearly 7,500 babies every year in the U.S. when all states realize the same success we’ve had. This Iowa-based campaign has the power to help abate fetal deaths in our country.” — Gerd Clabaugh, Director, MPA, Iowa Department of Public Health
- "Let me talk about what life was like before Count the Kicks. We knew as physicians that tracking baby’s movement in the third trimester was important. But we didn’t have the ability to get that word out on a consistent basis to both patients and physicians. So we did our best within our office to get that information out to patients, but we didn’t have the app, or the brochures to put up in our office and to hand to patients. There is no doubt that Count the Kicks was critically important in reducing the stillbirth rate here in Iowa and I am sure it’s going to do the same across the country and around the world."
- "As a nurse who has cared for families experiencing a loss and as a public health official with a focus on stillbirth prevention efforts, I have seen first hand that kick counting is an effective way to sense the baby's well-being. Research shows that babies can be saved if expectant parents are educated about tracking their baby's movements and immediately reporting any changes in the baby's movement pattern to their health care provider. Count the Kicks has developed an easy, effective tool that can be used by any pregnant woman to track her baby's movement patterns and potentially save her baby's life. I think that anyone who takes care of an expectant mom should be providing them with information about how to monitor their baby's fetal movements and that is best done through Count the Kicks."
- "If both the patient and the physician utilized the Count the Kicks program, the way it's designed to be utilized, I think there would be a significant reduction in the number of stillbirths across the country."
- "The Count the Kicks campaign has heightened our patient's awareness of fetal movements. The app is easy and fun for patients to use. Thanks for making a positive impact on parents-to-be."