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 purpose of this educational activity is to train healthcare professionals how to talk to their patients about fetal monitoring and using best practices to track fetal monitoring. By using an evidence-based and non-invasive tool, providers have the ability to help prevent stillbirths.
According to the CDC, more than 24,000 babies are born still in the United States annually. Statistically, that means 1 out of every 167 pregnancies ends in stillbirth. For African American moms, that number is even more alarming – 1 in 94! Count the Kicks is committed to preventing stillbirths and eliminating disparities.
African American women are more than twice as likely to lose their babies to stillbirth than white women. Researchers have identified several factors that contribute to this inequity. Experts say black women, regardless of education or income, are less likely to receive early treatment for medical conditions like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or high blood pressure—any of which might lead to stillbirth. The way women of color experience society, often through systemic racism and toxic stress, has real consequences for their health and their babies.
In Iowa, where the campaign started, the stillbirth rate has dropped nearly 32% in ten years! If this success is replicated in all 50 states, more than 7,500 babies will be saved every year!
- Demonstrate how to implement Count the Kicks into their own practice with the goal of improving 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 has shaped maternal healthcare and demonstrate ways to counter implicit biases in their own lives.
Date of original release: January 28, 2020
Most recent review/update: January 28, 2020
Termination date: January 27, 2023
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 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 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 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.
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, Ms. Aucutt does not have any relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.
- 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)™.
- CAPPA: This continuing education activity was approved by CAPPA. The opinions and materials presented at this continuing education offering do not necessarily reflect the official views or positions of CAPPA. For clarification on CAPPA approach or position, please see the CAPPA website. Approval valid through June 11, 2021.
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.
No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
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). 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
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and 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.
- 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 2.25 AOA Category 2B
- 2.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 2.25 IBON