NDDoH wants moms to “Count the Kicks” with an app

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How often your baby kicks can tell you a lot. There's an app that counts those kick and the state health Department wants you to use it, because counting the number of kicks can prevent still births.

Stacy Hoffman works at the Department of health and is pregnant with her third child. She says when her baby moves around, it can feel like they're practicing karate. Hoffman just got the Count the Kicks app, and now she'll track her baby, making sure the baby stays healthy until the due date in August.

"This third one is definitely the most active. I mean I can literally see the kicks once in a while so I think I'm going to have my hands full with number three,” said Hoffman.

And that's a good thing. It shows her baby is active- and she wants to keep it that way.

" It's nice to see that the trend is consistent and accurate and I think it'd be really helpful if there's a decrease in motion,” said Hoffman.

Sarah: "Having that empowerment of knowing it and then also having the graph that actually pulls up on the app is so important to this project." said Sarah Massey, Infant and Child Death Services Program Director.

The app stores the information, giving doctors potentially lifesaving insight to a pregnancy.

"What we're hoping is that we have a 26 percent reduction which then would lead to about 18 babies saved in North Dakota every year,” said Massey.

Massey wants health care providers to spread the information to their third trimester moms too. Massey says the program originated in Iowa and in five years went to 3rd best in terms of still birth deaths.