Health Department Partners With Ambassador To Promote Count The Kicks

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department’s IRIS Project (Increasing the Rate of Infant Survival) has partnered with local Count the Kicks ambassador Meghan Petty to educate women about the importance of tracking fetal movement during the third trimester of pregnancy. In addition to regular prenatal visits, studies indicate kick counting (a daily record of a baby’s movements, kicks, rolls, punches, and jabs) during the third trimester of pregnancy is an easy, free, and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being.

“The launch coincides with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on Oct. 15,” said Lisa Vincent, IRIS Umbrella Project program coordinator at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department. “This day honors pregnancy loss and infant death which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. Our goal is to spread this easy to follow message and help reduce the rate of stillbirth in our community."

Ambassador Sarah Firianni of Florida saved her baby boy's life by noticing a change in his movements through kick counting. Count the Kick ambassadors, including Ms. Petty, will be the ‘feet on the street’, connecting with healthcare providers and expectant parents in their communities to spread Count the Kicks' life-saving message.

“The Count the Kicks program and materials have been so creatively developed by the Healthy Birth Day organization. The counting is something that mothers can easily do and understand; it can make a difference in the outcomes of pregnancies,” said Ms. Vincent.

Healthy Birth Day is a non-profit organization formed by five Iowa mothers who each lost a baby due to late-term stillbirth or infant death. They launched the Count the Kicks campaign after learning that Norway had effectively reduced its stillbirth rates by one-third through a public health campaign on kick counting.

“The Health Department will add Count the Kick materials to its outreach efforts and distribute information to obstetric provider’s offices,” said Ms. Vincent.

To learn more, visit http://health.hamiltontn.org/ClinicalServices/InfantMortality.aspx



Additional Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance Opportunities Available Across The State

The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced additional Smart Steps child care payment assistance opportunities across the state to be a resource for income eligible parents who are working, pursuing postsecondary education, or a combination of both. The Smart Steps program is a part of the Department’s 2G for Tennessee initiative - a two-generation approach focused on both ... (click for more)

Heart Health Lecture Offered Jan. 25 At Nutrition World

A free lecture titled, "Everything You Need to Know about Heart Health" will be offered at 6 p.m. on  Jan. 25, at  Nutrition World,  6201 Lee Highway. There are 17 risk factors for heart disease. Officials said, "Some of them will surprise you, some you’ve never even heard about! All are essential to staying alive." Life Extension’s Jeff Thomas, ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 8-1 To Deny Permit For Controversial Bakewell Firing Range

The County Commission voted 8-1 on Wednesday to deny a special exceptions permit for a $2.4 million firing range at Retro-Hughes Road at Bakewell. Only Commissioner Greg Martin was in support. Opponents and supporters were again gathered at the courthouse, but the commission voted without hearing further argument. Commissioner Randy Fairbanks said to him "it is not a gun ... (click for more)

County Commission Tables Proposal To Repair Central High Track

A majority of the County Commission on Wednesday voted to table a proposal to spend up to $500,000 to rebuild the track at Central High School. Commissioner Greg Beck said he had offered his support for the project contingent on similar appropriations being made in other districts. However, he said he afterward learned it might be 3-5 years before there is another round of $900,000 ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Want To Protest? Get Paid!

In a troubling time when “false news” is the rage and people ask me – to my face – if anybody from Russia ever approached me personally searching for votes for President-elect Donald Trump, there appears a website that, to cop a phrase, “is too good to be true.” There is a group out of California that allegedly wants to hire “operatives” to protest Friday’s inauguration. Forget ... (click for more)