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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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 focusing on 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.
23,500 babies are stillborn every year in the United States – that’s 65 babies a day – yet stillbirth has remained in the 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 need to ensure providers are aware of 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 in 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 be providing 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 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: October 27, 2022
Termination date: October 31, 2025
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 is 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). 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
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.
- 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 2.25 AOA Category 2B
- 2.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
- 2.25 IBON