This Free Baby Monitoring App Helped Save Her Unborn Child's Life

"We had tools to know when to come in and get help when we needed it."

There are different gadgets, apps, and technologies that can help parents-to-be monitor their unborn child's development by tracking their movements, charting their growth, and figuring out their daily patterns. Some high-tech devices even allow parents to connect with their unborn child by feeling their heartbeats and kicks in the womb. 

Not only do such monitoring tools help parents track their child's development, they can actually be lifesavers, as one mom named Emily Eekhoff found out firsthand. She now credits the Count the Kicks app for saving her unborn child's life.

Des Moines-based Count the Kicks is a free app created by five women. It allows expectant parents to track their baby's progress during the third trimester. Users can choose a time of day when their baby is active and count the number of kicks he/she gives during that time. The app keeps a history of those numbers so parents can easily monitor their children, and notify their providers if there is a significant change.

Eekhoff was 33 weeks pregnant when she noticed her unborn baby wasn't being as active as normal. She had been using the Count the Kicks app so she was able to confirm the decrease in activity. The Iowa mom recognized that lower activity and movement can be a sign of serious issues such as fetal hypoxia, placental abruption, and premature rupture of the membranes, so she immediately went to get medical help.

Doctors discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck three times, and Eekhoff needed an emergency cesarean section to save her child.

Thankfully baby Ruby was delivered in time. She had to spend 20 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), but she is now at home with the rest of her family.

Eekhoff credits the app for saving her baby girl because it allowed her to get the help she needed. "I think God was looking out for us that day, and we had tools to know when to come in and get help when we needed it," she told USA Today.

Ruby isn't the only baby that the Count the Kicks app has helped save. WHOTV reports that the non-profit's awareness campaign has helped to lower Iowa's stillborn rate by 26 percent over the past five years. This is in contrast to the average national rate which has remained unchanged. To demonstrate this, the Count the Kicks Instagram also has "Baby Save Saturday" posts which highlight the ways the app has helped parents realize something was wrong with their unborn babies, and seek medical attention.

There are also other wearables being designed with the goal of saving the lives of babies around the world.

(H/T: Popsugar)

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