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.


Philip Shlossman, MD, Discusses the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium

In light of the high rates of infant mortality in Delaware as compared to other states, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium was formed to improve birth rates throughout the region. Common reasons for infant mortality include preterm births, birth defects, and undersized infants. However, a woman’s adoption of healthy practices prior to becoming pregnant serves as the best way to lessen the chances of this situation happening. To encourage better lifestyles, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium runs public education programs and community outreach activities. Moreover, it focuses on racism, discrimination, and other problems with healthcare and social service providers so that all women can receive the best attention for themselves and their babies.

A government-supported group, the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium consists of members of the Delaware House of Representatives, the Delaware State Senate, the Governor’s Office, and other bodies. Furthermore, the Governor appoints members from the community, many of whom have medical backgrounds, to the group.

About the Author:
Board-certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philip Shlossman, MD, primarily cares for patients at Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care, Inc. in Newark. Additionally, Dr. Shlossman sits on the Data and Science Committee of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium.