Hi! My name is Maria Good. I live in Michigan with my husband, Stephen and our 2-year-old son, Manny Ray.
As a mother who has experienced a high-risk pregnancy due to cervical insufficiency, I became extremely passionate about raising awareness about the importance of maternal and fetal health, counting and paying close attention to fetal movements and advocating for ourselves as expectant mothers.
Stillbirth is something very close to my heart as my family suffered a tragic loss when my baby brother was stillborn on April 1st, 1998 when I was only 7 years old. I will never forget the day my parents told me I was going to be a big sister and the day we walked out of the hospital with empty arms.
After what I would describe as a “perfect” pregnancy, I was diagnosed with an incompetent cervix at 21 weeks gestation. Cervical incompetence is when the cervix dilates too early during pregnancy, usually without pain or contractions and can cause miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth. Thankfully, a potentially life-saving procedure known as a cervical cerclage helped me stay pregnant longer until I delivered my miracle at 36 weeks!
I spent nearly four months on bed rest which was both emotionally and physically challenging. Knowing the things I was at risk for due to my condition, I worried about my unborn son every minute of every day. Which led me to spending much of my time while lying in bed, researching and educating myself about ways I could keep my baby safe. That’s how I learned about the importance of counting my baby’s kicks and how life-saving it is to pay attention to those movements. Later into my third trimester, I came across the Count the Kicks app and downloaded it right away (I wish I would’ve come across it sooner!) I used the app daily and I cannot tell you how much peace of mind and reassurance it brought me to tap the footprint 10 times at the end of my sessions!
After giving birth to my son, I became passionate about sharing my story and spreading awareness for healthy moms and babies everywhere. I am so incredibly grateful and humbled everyday for my healthy two year old but my heart still aches for families who have suffered such a loss.
Through my role, I hope to use this platform to use my voice to make a difference for expectant mothers and their babies. My goal is to educate every expectant mother in Michigan and beyond to know how important it is to monitor her baby’s movements. I hope to reach and work with hospitals, medical professionals and families as well.
All of my work as an ambassador for Count the Kicks is in honor of my baby brother, Mark Anthony and all the precious babies in Heaven.
It is truly such an honor to be Michigan’s Ambassador!Email Me