Des Moines Moms Raising Awareness About Stillbirth

May 12, 2014

Kate Safris was ecstatic when she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter in 2001. The idea that she would give birth to anything other than a healthy baby never entered her mind, until it happened. Her daughter, Emma, was born with severe heart defects and lived just eight days.

She says the experience was heart wrenching, and had it not been for a community of other women who had experienced something similar, it would have been much, much harder. Today, she’s one of five moms who have founded the organization “Healthy Birth Day” that works to connect women who experience stillbirth or infant death with others who know what they are going through.

Safris says it’s a misnomer that stillbirth happens to “one in a million,” and she wants moms to know that. She talks with Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe about the Count the Kicks campaign the new smart phone app the group has created to help expecting mothers track fetal movement.