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Count the Kicks

How Do You Remember?

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

For some moms, protecting their baby's memory happens when they release pink balloons into a blue sky, or plant a tree that blooms each spring.

You Can Save a Baby, Too.

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Every day during her third trimester, without fail, Katie counted the kicks of her unborn son. He was an active baby that was always on the move, until one day Katie noticed that within the hour it took to normally get ten kicks, she only got four.

The One Thing Not to Do When a Friend Has a Stillbirth

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Every 22 minutes. Pause and ask yourself if you know someone who has had a stillbirth. Did you reach out to them when it happened? Do you wish you had? The horrible truth is that stillbirth happens every 22 minutes in the U.S., so chances are we all know someone who has gone through it.

44 Days and Counting...

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 12.15.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

One day, around 31 weeks, his kicking stopped. Nothing. No dancing. No rolling. No jabs to the ribs. Just worry. I told my doctor about the change in movement. Luckily, she took me very seriously, and sent me for special tests.

What Happened in the Half Decade Without My Son

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 07.01.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

About two years after Zach's death, I decided that I had to channel my grief and anger into something good or it was going to consume me. It was important that I find a way to prevent other families from experiencing the devastating tragedy of stillbirth and give Zach's life meaning and purpose.

A Father's Advocacy Never Ends

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

This year I'm celebrating Father's Day with an empty highchair at our dinner table. A year ago we lost our son Landon to stillbirth at 38 weeks gestation, just a few days before his due date.

You Did Not Lose a Thing

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.04.2016 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

To anyone who has lost a child, you may have felt you lost everything the day your baby died. What I want to tell you is that you did not lose a thing. I believe these signs are here for all of us to see. We just have to be able to see it. And when we do see it, to know our loved ones are comforting us.

A Mother's Day Message to Our Daughters

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Healthy Birth Day

When we lost you more than a decade ago, we mourned the fact that we would never get to know you. But these past few weeks have given us a glimpse of your personalities. You're endlessly generous. You're smart, fierce and strong.

Sisterhood Creates a Movement in the Making

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

When we began our journey together nearly 12 years ago we were just five moms with broken hearts and empty arms. As I reflect back I think about what we all went through. Together we survived and came out stronger on the other side.

Planning to Hold a Rainbow

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

I was struggling to connect with this pregnancy, because I was so worried that it would be taken away. Even a was struggling to connect with this pregnancy, because I was so worried that it would be taken away.

Iowa Dad's Message to Expectant Dads Across the U.S.

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

As I eagerly await a fun and relaxing Father's Day weekend with my three kids and wife, my thoughts -- as they often do -- turn to my daughter that isn't here to celebrate with us. Grace Elizabeth was born still almost 11 years ago.

Just in Time for Mother's Day, Here's How You Can 'Count the Kicks'

Healthy Birth Day | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Healthy Birth Day

Scientific studies indicate kick counting, a daily record of a baby's movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby's well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits.