Jenn Halligan
  • Jenn Halligan
  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
    Manager of Childbirth Education and Doula Services

In all of our prenatal classes at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, we teach our families about the importance of tracking baby’s movements in the 3rd trimester and counting their kicks. We know as babies continue to grow in the last trimester until birth that babies should continue to be active and should not slow down in their movements. It’s important to know what time of the day your baby is active and realize when something seems different about their pattern of movement. Downloading the free Count the Kicks app has been helpful for so many moms. I hear several stories from our moms at MercyOne about how much of a difference Count the Kicks has made in their life whether it was peace of mind knowing that their baby was healthy and strong, a good conversation starter with their physician at their prenatal appointments, or it was a baby save story because mom realized that baby’s movements had suddenly changed and they came into our OB ED right away to be seen by a physician. I proudly stand with Count the Kicks to continue saving babies and educating all of our expecting moms for years to come here at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center!

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