The following are resources for Kansas providers supporting pregnant women and families.
Stillbirth occurs when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most stillbirths happen before a pregnant person goes into labor, but a small number happen during labor and birth. Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 pregnancies each year in the United States.[i] In Kansas, an average of 214 babies are lost to stillbirth each year.
Educating expectant parents about the importance of monitoring and tracking fetal movement is a simple way to help prevent preventable stillbirths and helps more babies have a healthy birth day.[ii] The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Family Health (BFH) has partnered with Healthy Birth Day, Inc. to integrate the fetal movement monitoring initiative, Count the Kicks across Kansas. More about the evidence behind the Count the Kicksinitiative can be found at https://countthekicks.org/why-we-count/evidence/.