Count the Kicks: Bringing an Evidence-Based Stillbirth Prevention Program to Your Setting

July 28, 2022


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Target Audience

Heathcare providers. 


Please join us to learn more about the evidence-based Count the Kicks program and help save babies in Iowa from preventable stillbirths today! Participants of this webinar will leave knowing:

  • How to have the kick-counting conversation with expectant parents.
  • How to download and use the Count the Kicks app.
  • The free tools and resources are available to them.
  • How to best utilize the free tools and resources available to them.
  • What to say or do if an expectant mom tells them they are experiencing reduced fetal movement.
  • The most frequently asked questions related to kick counting.
  • The powerful stories of what happens when expectant parents learn to kick count and how they can use that knowledge to help save their baby.

Participants will also learn about current research around stillbirth prevention and how Iowa has continued to decrease the stillbirth rate when the rest of the country has remained stagnant. Participants will also be trained on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how infusing Equity into your workflow is imperative to lowering the stillbirth rate among women of color.

The Evidence Behind Count the Kicks

Count The Kicks was created based on public health research in Norway that demonstrated a 30% reduction in stillbirth by teaching pregnant women how to monitor fetal movement during the third trimester of pregnancy by doing kick counts daily. 

Read Norway Research.


Research shows that the risk of severe maternal morbidity is more than four times higher among stillbirth deliveries than live births. “The Link Between Stillbirth and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Firsthand Accounts from American Women” includes first-hand accounts from 8 women who shared how speaking up about a change in their baby’s movement not only helped their baby to have a safe arrival but also identified and addressed pregnancy complications that put their own life at risk.

Stillbirth in the U.S. Report.


Watch this video to learn more about the link between stillbirth and maternal mortality and morbidity, and why a change in a baby’s movements is an early red flag — and a reason to call the doctor immediately.


Evidence on Fetal Movement Monitoring for Stillbirth Prevention. Years of industry research combined with expert analysis prove the importance of kick counting in reducing preventable stillbirths. Click below for more evidence.  


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.50 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/28/2022 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
07/28/2022 - 1:30pm CDT

Megan Aucutt
Associate Director of Programs, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. 

Megan joined Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and Count the Kicks as the Associate Director of Programs in July 2019. Megan is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and an emphasis in Global Health. She has over 10 years of experience with non-profits and governmental work; with a focus on grant writing and reviewing, coalition building, and educational program development.  Her true passion is maternal and child health; during her time at the Iowa Department of Public Health she created a toolkit for Head Start organizations on implementing a cessation protocol. Megan believes that knowledge truly is power, she used the Count the Kicks App during her pregnancies and has three healthy and rambunctious children. She is proud to be part of such an important organization with a powerful mission of saving babies.

Kimberly Noble Piper, RN, BS, CPH, CPHG
Executive Officer, Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders & State Genetics Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health

Kim is the 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. Ms. Noble Piper started her nursing career as a maternity nurse and manager of maternity services in a large hospital in Des Moines. Ms. Noble Piper was the perinatal nurse consultant for the IDPH 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 genomics programs. This includes newborn screening, maternal prenatal screening, regional genetics, and neuromuscular clinics, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders (Iowa’s birth defects and stillbirth registry), family health history programming, and life course theory).

Stephaney Moody
Health Equity Coordinator at Healthy Birth Day - Count the Kicks

Accreditation Statements

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Healthy Birth Day, Inc. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit will be awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Megan Aucutt, Activity Director and Speaker
  • Kimberly Noble Piper, RN, BS, CPH, CPHG, Speaker
  • Stephaney Moody, Speaker

The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.50 IBON


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