COUNT THE KICKS: Phone App ‘Saves Baby’

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A smartphone app developed in Iowa that promises to reduce still births is credited with saving a baby's life on the first day it was launched.

Little Alexandra Byrd likely owes her life to a program called Count the Kicks and a new mobile phone app that the program provides.

“Yeah, I have no doubt what the outcome would have been otherwise," her mom, Sara said.

Count the Kicks started in 2009 by five Iowa moms who lost baby girls.

They encourage expecting mothers to literally count the kicks they feel, and track those movements to ensure their baby is still healthy in the womb.

Sara Byrd heard about the program and installed the app.

She was at work when the app reminded her Alexandra hadn't moved in some time so she rushed to the doctor and had an emergency C-section.

"She wasn't breathing when she was born, she was gray,” Sarah recounted.

“You expect, even knowing she was in distress you still expect to have that cry when they are delivered and it was just silence in the room.  I looked at him finally and asked if she ok, is she breathing and he just shook his head no."

Doctors were able to get Alexandra breathing and she is doing very well now.

You can find out more about the app, here.


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