Counting Kicks Can Save Babies

Infant mortality is higher in the state of Delaware than any other state in the nation. The Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC) seeks to reverse this statistic though supporting women before, during, and after pregnancy. Dr. Philip Shlossman of the Delaware Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine serves on the DHMIC committee on Data and Science and knows that studies show that a major decrease in fetal movement could be a sign that a baby is having problems.

DHMIC’s “Kicks Count” brochure is a tool for educating mothers about the importance of frequent fetal movement. Mothers should experience 10 kicks within each two-hour period, and if there is a significant change in movement they should call their doctor and go to the labor and delivery unit of their hospital. Dr. Philip Shlossman reminds mothers that babies do not move less toward the end of pregnancy, and by counting kicks every day, mothers will be able to detect changes in a baby’s normal movement patterns.