Count the Kicks

Posted on April 08, 2024

Maine Providers:

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based public health program that teaches expectant parents the method for and importance of getting to know their baby's normal movement patterns in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Research shows a change in a baby’s movements could be the earliest and sometimes only indication that there may be an issue with a pregnancy. Count the Kicks is a SIMPLE and FREE way for expectant parents to self-monitor to improve the chance of delivering a healthy baby, and by doing so, reduce stillbirths. According to the CDC, stillbirths occur in one out of every 175 pregnancies in the U.S.

About Count the Kicks

In the first 10 years of the Count the Kicks program in Iowa, the state’s stillbirth rate decreased nearly 32% while stillbirth rates in the rest of the country remained relatively stagnant. We want to bring the success of this proven campaign to Maine. With your help, we can continue to spread the word in your state and potentially save 22 babies every year.

We are able to offer you FREE Count the Kicks educational materials due to a
partnership with the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services. You can order the materials, which include brochures, app promotional cards, and posters, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Somali, Kinyarwanda, Haitian Creole and Lingala on our website. These bright yellow educational materials will help you have a conversation about fetal movement monitoring with expectant parents.

Upcoming Count the Kicks Webinars

Home Visitors, WIC professionals, and Community Health Workers are invited to join us for a FREE 60-minute webinar on April 30th at Noon EDT to learn more about the importance of educating on fetal movement monitoring in the third trimester and how to implement Count the Kicks in your setting.

Count the Kicks is also offering a webinar for nurses and doulas on May, 21st at Noon EDT. Join us to learn how you can help improve birth outcomes for expectant parents in Maine. Registration is now open.

CE Training

Online CE Training: Save Babies with Us- A healthcare professional’s guide on talking to expectant parents about Count the Kicks and fetal movement monitoring.

Additional Resources

In addition to free educational materials, our website includes videos, lesson plans, and other resources to help you implement Count the Kicks. Follow the links to learn more.

· Count the Kicks app (available in 20+ languages)

· Count the Kicks Academy for Providers

· Count the Kicks How-To video-English

· Count the Kicks How-To video- Spanish

· How to implement Count the Kicks

· Downloadable charts

· Lesson plan for Childbirth Educators

· Hear Nahla’s Baby Save Story

· Hear Carter's Baby Save Story