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


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

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


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.

Educational Need

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.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.50 IBON
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Course expires: 

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 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.

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Relevant to the content of this educational activity, Ms. Aucutt does not have any relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

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 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 program for a maximum of 1.5 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 1.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 1.5 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 commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. 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). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


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.

Available Credit

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


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