Jillian Ducharme,

Massachusetts Ambassadors

My daughter, Dorothie (Dorie), changed my life from the moment I knew I was pregnant. In those short nine months, our immediate world changed for the better, all because of our daughter. I felt so lucky to be blessed with a little girl who was going to grow up surrounded by so much love!

On Friday, October 13, 2017, at my 36-week prenatal visit, there was no longer that sweet little heartbeat we had become so accustomed to. In a split second my world came crashing down. At 7:30 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, Dorie was born. Her father and I felt such immense pride and deep sadness when we held the beautiful baby we created. Our parents joined us as we held our daughter and said goodbye – beautiful, heart-aching moments I will never forget.

The ultimate cause of Dorie’s death was an immature placenta and a large blood clot behind it, which limited the supply of oxygen and blood to her, causing her an enlarged heart. Throughout my pregnancy, my doctors assured me that everything was normal and my ultrasounds were perfect. In my last trimester, however, there were several times I went to the hospital because of decreased fetal movement. I heard about the Count the Kicks app and would use it whenever I would feel a decrease, which, in hindsight, I wish I used it every day. I want to help educate other moms on the importance of tracking fetal movement and encourage doctors to do the same.

I’m so grateful I can honor my daughter by working with Count the Kicks to save babies’ lives in Massachusetts and across the nation. I hope you’ll join me.

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