Stillbirth prevention is a public service initiative that the Ohio Department of Health is taking very seriously. The state agency has partnered with Count the Kicks, a safe pregnancy campaign dedicated to helping reduce the number of pregnancies that end in stillbirth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 167 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Count the Kicks helps expecting mothers play a role in monitoring their pregnancies so that they’re more likely to be aware if something is amiss.

With the Count the Kicks method, moms-to-be are taught how to track their babies’ movements once a day during the third trimester, determining how long it takes for the baby to reach 10 movements. That amount of time will be their “normal.” Once they’ve determined what their normal is, they’re then able to determine if that normal changes. If they do notice a change, they can reach out to their health care providers to make sure everything is OK.

In addition to free educational materials, participants also get access to the Count the Kicks app available in both the iTunes store and the Google Play store. This app makes it even easier for mothers to monitor their babies’ progress, permitting them to do everything from monitoring multiples to programming a daily reminder. Health care providers like hospitals and birthing centers can also order free materials to use with their pregnant clients, helping ensure that everyone is connected.

While programs like Count the Kicks can be helpful in protecting fetal health, complications can still occur during pregnancy that result in traumatic injury to the baby or mother. In these instances, working with a law firm that has extensive experience with birth injuries and maternal injuries may help the family get the medical and financial assistance they need.