- Samantha LaCroix
- Massachusetts Ambassador
My name is Samantha LaCroix. I live in Worcester County, Mass., with my husband, and two beautiful rainbow babies who are growing up fast. On April 6, 2021 I decided it was time to do more and help others beyond making donations to a few charities.
It was nine years ago, to the day, that my son Xavier was stillborn at 41 weeks. For my angel baby’s birthday, I decided to help other moms in his honor.
After researching numerous organizations, I knew the Count the Kicks campaign through Healthy Birth Day, Inc. was different and where I wanted to invest my energy. This is the only organization solely focused on preventing stillbirth through research and education.
I can’t help but wonder, “what if?” What if Count the Kicks had been promoted in my doctor’s office? What if I had seen a social media post about Count the Kicks … would my son be alive today? I will never know the answer.
If I had been tracking my son’s movement I would have been an empowered mother. I would have had data on the change in my baby’s activity and maybe my doctor would have sent me for a stress test when I said at my 40-week visit “he’s not moving that much.”
My rainbow babies talk about Xavier and love when we go to the Boston Public Garden to visit “Xavier’s tree” by the pond; just on the other side of the bridge from the swan boats.
I feel so fortunate to be a Count the Kicks ambassador. I want to help empower expectant mothers to advocate for their unborn baby. I want to raise awareness with healthcare providers that there are easily accessible resources available to ensure every baby has a healthy birth day.Back to Ambassadors