Eliminating Racial Disparities in Stillbirth
Black women are more than twice as likely to lose their babies to stillbirth than white women. The CDC estimates that 23,500 babies in the U.S. are born still each year, and nearly 7,000 of those babies are African American.
Researchers have identified several factors that contribute to this inequity. Experts say Black women, regardless of education or income, are less likely to receive early treatment for medical conditions like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or high blood pressure — any of which might lead to stillbirth.
The way women of color experience society, often through systemic racism and toxic stress, has real consequences for their health and their babies. Additional minoritized populations are also at greater risk of losing their babies compared to their white counterparts. Count the Kicks is committed to eliminating racial disparities in stillbirth.
Feel the Beat
We launched the Feel the Beat campaign for mothers most at risk of experiencing stillbirth. Feel the Beat follows an expectant couple as they make a tradition of dancing with their daughter and counting her kicks using the free Count the Kicks app.
You can help us spread this important message by sharing this video and the free Count the Kicks app with the people you love.
Learn more: Feel the Beat