What does this "virtual event" entail?

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we cannot gather in person this fall.  Registering for the virtual event means that you continue to support Lydie's Loop in preventing stillbirth during this unprecedented time.  Please follow our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LydiesLoop/) to see all the ways we honor babies lost to perinatal and neonatal death.  On the morning of September 19th, tune into Facebook Live as we give a brief presentation including honoring each child by name.  We also invite you to walk one mile or run 5k within your own community, as you remember all the babies, and hope you'll proudly don a Lydie's Loop shirt and share your photos with us on Facebook!  As soon as possible, we will mail each virtual registrant their t-shirt.  Youth participants will also receive their participant ribbon!

We hope to be able to gather together as a community again in 2021.


How do I include a baby's name on the t-shirt?

You must register by 9/8 to include a baby's name on every Lydie's Loop t-shirt.  When you register, you'll be asked to provide the baby's first, middle, and last name.  Please list the name as you'd like it to be included on the t-shirt.


How should I register?

You can register as an individual, create a team, or join a team.

As an individual, you are pledging to participate but not fundraise.  You can also include a donation with your registration, if you would like.

If you create a team (many teams are in honor of a baby), you are pledging to fundraise.  You’ll create your own personal page, share your story and photos, set goals, and get sponsors.  With the help of social media, that’s really easy to do!

By joining a team, you are adding to the fundraising goal of that team.  You are registering and participating as a member of that team. 

You can also choose to sponsor a team to add to their fundraising goal, or just make a general donation to the event.


How soon will I receive my t-shirt?

As soon as possible!  We will be mailing them after the event, as soon as we are able.  We may also be able to do porch pick up in both Summit and Franklin counties if you'd like to speed the process along (which means increased donations to Count the Kicks!). 


Are you looking for sponsors?

YES!  Please see our sponsor page here


What are funds raised from the event used for?

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention and awareness campaign that teaches expectant parents the method for, and importance of, tracking fetal movement daily during the third trimester of pregnancy. 

Each year in the U.S., 24,000 babies are born still, or 1 in every 167 pregnancies, making it 10 times more common than SIDS. According to the CDC, a black woman is more than twice as likely to lose her baby to stillbirth (1 in 94 pregnancies) than her white neighbor, colleague, or friend. Research shows that a change in movement is sometimes the only indication that a baby is in distress and needs to be checked by your doctor.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it is especially important for expectant parents to understand the importance of kick counting in the third trimester. We recognize there may be changes to regularly scheduled prenatal visits and an increase in telehealth appointments, which means expecting parents may not see their provider in person as often. By using the FREE Count the Kicks app daily starting at 28 weeks, expectant parents will have the peace of mind to know when things are OK and when things have changed, empowering them to contact their provider. Kick counting is a free, easy-to-use way for parents to monitor their baby’s well-being at home.

The Count the Kicks app is available in the Google Play and iTunes app stores, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times by expectant moms in all 50 states and 140 countries. It’s an easy-to-use tool for expectant parents to monitor their baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits.

Through the Count the Kicks campaign there is a community of moms who are in tune with their bodies and their babies, letting providers know when something feels off. Time and time again this system works — and babies are being saved across the country. In the first 10 years of our campaign in Iowa, the state’s stillbirth rate has decreased nearly 32 percent while the rest of the country remained stagnant.  If we were to replicate the success we have experienced in Iowa, over 7,500 babies would be saved annually in the United States.

All proceeds from Lydie’s Loop will be used to directly impact our mission to prevent stillbirth and save babies in Ohio by providing the Count the Kicks Continuing Education training to doctors, nurses, midwives, childbirth educators, home health visitors and doulas who provide care to expecting parents.  Healthy Birth Day, Inc. is the 501(3)(c) non-profit responsible for the Count the Kicks campaign. Learn more at www.countthekicks.org.


Other questions?

Contact Lydie's Mom, Heather, at lydiesloop@gmail.com