Save Babies with Us: A Healthcare Professional’s Guide on Talking to Expectant Parents about Count the Kicks and Fetal Monitoring

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The cost for this online activity is $40. The estimated time to complete this course is 90 minutes. 

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This course will be discontinued on Sunday, March 24, 2024, and access to it will no longer be available. Please complete the course by 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

However, we have exciting news to share! A new online training program for Count the Kicks will be launched on Monday, March 25, 2024. You will receive another email notification letting you know how to access the new training on Monday, March 25th.  
 

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals. 

Purpose

Healthy Birth Day, Inc.'s mission is to save babies using the evidence-based Count the Kicks stillbirth prevention campaign. Count the Kicks educates expectant parents on tracking their babies’ movements in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. We have a mission to keep lowering our state’s stillbirth rate by reducing racial disparities that persist in birth outcomes; we do this by educating and empowering expectant parents to learn the method for tracking fetal movement and to advocate for their babies if they notice a change.

This CME activity aims to train healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about fetal monitoring and use best practices to track fetal monitoring. By using evidence-based and non-invasive tools, providers can help prevent stillbirths.

Educational Need

23,500 babies are stillborn yearly in the United States – 65 babies a day – yet stillbirth has remained dark. It is time to shine a light on this tragedy and share evidence-based prevention methods preventing stillbirths. Research has shown that tracking fetal movement during the third trimester can help prevent stillbirths. We must ensure providers know the research and evidence-based practices of how expectant parents can track fetal movement.

There is also a strong connection between stillbirth and maternal mortality – we can help bridge the gap between patient and maternal care provider and save thousands of lives. The disparities that exist and persist around stillbirth are unacceptable. We want to get to a point where race is no longer a predictor of stillbirth and to do that; we need to address this head-on. Black women are two times more likely to experience a stillbirth than white women –we will build an equity and inclusion module with this training for providers.

Another key component is the latest research and evidence on preventing preventable stillbirths – we now have that. We will provide recent data and research on the evidence of our program. 

In Iowa, where the campaign started, the stillbirth rate has dropped nearly 32% in 10 years! If this success is replicated in all 50 states, over 7,500 babies will be saved annually!

Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to implement Count the Kicks into their practice to improve birth outcomes.
  • Utilize the free kick-counting tools and resources available to them.
  • Describe the powerful stories of what happens when expectant parents, particularly at-risk populations, learn to track fetal movement and how they can use that knowledge to help save babies.
  • Recognize and reflect on their own implicit biases and how biases and racism have shaped maternal healthcare and demonstrate ways to counter implicit biases in their own lives.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Date of original release: January 28, 2020
Most recent review/update: October 27, 2022
Termination date: March 24, 2024

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.25 AOA Category 2­B
  • 2.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.25 IBON
Course opens: 
01/28/2020
Course expires: 
03/24/2024
Cost:
$40.00

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

Megan Aucutt joined Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and Count the Kicks as the Associate Director of Programs in July 2019. Megan is a University of Northern Iowa graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and an emphasis on Global Health. She has over 10 years of experience with nonprofits and governmental work, focusing on grant writing and reviewing, coalition building, and educational program development.  Her passion is maternal and child health; during her time at the Iowa Department of Public Health, she created a toolkit for Head Start organizations to implement 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.

Email Megan.

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. Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 2.25 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 2.25 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This enduring materials activity has been reviewed and approved for 2.25 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Approved continuing education credit may vary depending on individual licensing requirements. Des Moines University or Healthy Birth Day, Inc. does not guarantee acceptance of the continuing education credit. It is the responsibility of the attendee to verify the continuing education requirements of their licensing or regulatory agency and to contact them with any questions.

Educational Grants

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

DISCLOSURE

The planning committee member(s) and 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. 

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

  • Megan Aucutt, Associate Director of Programs, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. - Activity director and speaker
  • Kimberly Noble Piper, RN, BS, CPH, CPHG, State Genetics Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health - Planning committee member
  • Emily Price, Executive Director, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. - Planning committee member

Disclaimer

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education. 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

  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.25 AOA Category 2­B
  • 2.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.25 IBON

Price

Cost:
$40.00
Please login or Create an Account to take this course.

This course will be discontinued on Sunday, March 24, 2024, and access to it will no longer be available. Please complete the course by 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

However, we have exciting news to share! A new online training program for Count the Kicks will be launched on Monday, March 25, 2024. You will receive another email notification letting you know how to access the new training on Monday, March 25th.