An expectant mom using the Count the Kicks app

Count the Kicks is excited to present a series of webinars to educate expectant parents about the unique challenges of expecting a baby today. These events will educate expectant parents and the providers who serve them, and equip them with tools and resources, like the FREE Count the Kicks app, to help them navigate their pregnancy.

Black Maternal Mental Health Week

State of Black Maternal Mental Health in the U.S.

Black Maternal Mental Health Webinar July 20, 2022

In conjunction with Black Maternal Mental Health Week, Healthy Birth Day, Inc., Count the Kicks, and MercyOne hosted a panel discussion to continue the conversation on The State of Black Maternal Health in the U.S., with a specific focus on Black Maternal Mental Health.

Our panel of maternal health experts discussed the maternal mental and physical health crisis happening in America, the impact of social determinants of health, and how racism impacts emotional and physical well-being for Black mamas. The panel also shared information on a newly created National Maternal Mental Health hotline. Panelists include:

  • Stephaney Moody, moderator for Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and Count the Kicks
  • Nneka Hall, founder of Mother IS Supreme and Count the Kicks Massachusetts Ambassador
  • Jacquie Easley McGhee, Division Director, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, MercyOne
  • Chemyeeka Tumblin, Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Maternal and Reproductive Mental Health
  • Dawn Levinson, MSW, Deputy Director Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
  • AJ Bostic, LPC, CD-PICD, PMH-C of Women’s Reproductive & Perinatal Mental Health, The Healing Womb Program

Tune in for the presentation and a panel discussion on ways we can work together to improve maternal mental health outcomes for Black expectant parents.

Black Maternal Health Week

State of Black Maternal Health in the U.S.

State of Black Maternal Health in the U.S. webinar

The State of Black Maternal Health in the U.S. webinar, held April 12, 2022, explores the history of Black women in healthcare and the current state of Black maternal health in the U.S. from preconception to postpartum.

This webinar was presented by MercyOne in conjunction with Black Maternal Health Week. Panelists include:

Tune in for the presentation and a panel discussion on solutions to improve outcomes for Black expectant parents.

Follow the link below to download the presentation slides.

COVID-19 + Pregnancy

How to Improve Outcomes in a Global Pandemic

COVID + Pregnancy Webinar

The COVID-19 + Pregnancy: How to Improve Outcomes in a Global Pandemic webinar, held Oct. 21, 2021, explores the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes.

Count the Kicks partnered with experts at Amerigroup Iowa, an Anthem Company on this webinar. Panelists include Sharon Deans, M.D., Plan Performance Medical Director for Healthy Blue, an Anthem subsidiary; Ashley Smoots, MPH, an epidemiologist on the CDC Division of Reproductive Health’s Emergency Preparedness and Response team; and Jasmine Abraham, an Ohio mom and Count the Kicks Ambassador.

Tune in for information on the efficacy and safety of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination while pregnant, plus tangible ways pregnant people can keep themselves and their babies healthy during the ongoing pandemic.

According to the CDC, pregnant women and those who recently gave birth are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Recent research has identified significant increases in stillbirth and maternal death since the pandemic began. Join experts from Amerigroup and the CDC to explore the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes and discuss the evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.

Resources

  • COVID-19 + Pregnancy Webinar Slides

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  • COVID-19 + Pregnancy Q&A

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March 9 Webinar

Millennial Health & Pregnancy

Sponsored By

Wellmark logo

 

The Millennial Health and Pregnancy webinar, held March 9, 2021, explores trends in health and pregnancy complications among Millennial women as they navigate pregnancy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Count the Kicks partnered with experts at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on this webinar. Panelists include Mark Talluto, Vice President, Strategy and Analytics for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Dr. Tim Gutshall, Chief Medical Officer at Wellmark. Vu-An Foster, a Count the Kicks Ambassador and millennial maternal health professional whose life’s work is centered on improving birth outcomes, shares her experiences with pregnancy as a millennial and discusses the impact of COVID-19 on women who are currently pregnant.

Tune in for key takeaways to help expectant parents and maternal healthcare professionals navigate pregnancy during the ongoing pandemic.

Millennial women currently make up 85 percent of all pregnancies, and while most will experience a healthy pregnancy, a recent analysis of Blue Cross Blue Shield data shows this generation is experiencing some of the highest increases in health conditions that could lead to higher risks of pregnancy and childbirth complications.

Resources

  • Understanding Millennial Health and Pregnancy

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Aug. 11 Webinar

Ask a Lactation Consultant

Sponsored By:

Amerigroup, An Anthem Company logo

 

The Ask a Lactation Consultant webinar featuring Dr. Dr. Nastassia Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Montclair State University and Founder of the Perinatal Health Equity Foundation was held Aug. 11, 2021.

The event was hosted by Count the Kicks in partnership with Amerigroup Iowa, and moderated by Jazzmine Brooks, a full spectrum doula with Jai Olive. Dr. Davis shares the basics of breastfeeding/chestfeeding and answers questions about lactation.

 

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Disclaimer

This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant for diagnosis or treatment. Use of this information should be done in accordance with your healthcare provider.