Healthy Birthday empowers expectant moms with knowledge about Kick Counts & advocates for stillbirth research & prevention.
On March 4th, 2013, my husband Marc & I, received devastating news that would change our lives forever. During a routine visit to the OB, we found out our daughter, Harper, didn't have a heartbeat. I was 39 1/2 weeks pregnant, and my due date was three days away. Early the next morning, after a very long and sleepless night, we arrived at the hospital. I was induced into labor to give birth to a baby we could not bring home. 14 hours later, on March 5th, 2013 at 10:38 pm, I delivered Harper Elizabeth Davis, 7 lbs 8 oz, with a head full of black hair, my long fingers and lips and her daddy's cheeks and nose. We loved her so deeply and were able to spend a few precious days with her, surrounded by numerous family and friends. We had her funeral on March 15th. That night, I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up information about stillbirth and what could be done to prevent it. I was so angry and felt so much guilt. I wanted to DO SOMETHING! That is how I stumbled upon the Count the Kicks campaign and the organization, Healthy Birthday. This organization was founded by a group of five moms in Iowa who all experienced losing a baby. The organization started the campaign "Count the Kicks" in Iowa, which being utilized in the vast majority of hospitals and clinics in in the state. And guess what? They are seeing results! In a recently released report by the Iowa Department of Public Health, there has been a steady decrease in the number of stillbirths since 2009, when Count the Kicks was implemented. They are a very sincere and courageous group of women, and they genuinely care about each and every bereaved mom who contacts them. My goal is to bring this program to Ohio. I want to start locally in Richland county and eventually expand the program throughout the state. 100 percent of your donation will go directly to Healthy Birthday and will enable me to expand the program here in Ohio. This is all my husband and I can do for our daughter. I hope that she is proud.