Military family using digital ultrasound pictures to monitor pregnancy

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BISMARCK, N.D. - There's an app for everything these days even for getting pictures of your ultrasound and that technology is letting a couple, separated by hundreds of miles, experience their pregnancy together.

Ashley Johlfs is pregnant with twin girls and she's expecting in the new year. However she's going through this pregnancy while her husband is deployed with the North Dakota National Guard. But she's using technology to make sure he doesn't miss a beat.

Ashley Johlfs’ twins. They're healthy as she gets close to the due date. Something her and her husband Brock both love.

"See their movements, see them breathing, see their hearts beating, punching and kicking me, all that good stuff. He loves that,” said Ashley.

Brock is a warrant officer in the North Dakota National Guard. He's going through flight school in Alabama, making him miss the almost all of Ashley's pregnancy. But they're staying connected with the help of some digital photos.

"It allows him to feel like he's part of the appointments too even though he's not here,” said Ashley.

"Your experience of the pregnancy starts even before the babies arrive and so us being able to give photos gives patients a chance to bond and make memories,” said Dr. Ana Tobiasz, Sanford Health Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Sanford health started giving patients the options of digital photos and videos of their ultrasounds in July. Dr. Tobiasz says it gives the patients flexibility when sharing the photos.

"They can then share with family over the internet. They can post on Facebook, they can print it off and have nice quality photos from it,” said Tobiasz.

Dr. Tobiasz says the photos are cloud based and secured because they only send to the patient. Ashley is also a part of the North Dakota National Guard. She says she's hopeful Brock will get to come home when the twins are born.