Iowa Mom Credits Kick-Counting App With Saving Her Baby's Life

An app built to help mamas-to-be keep tabs on their babies' activity levels saved the life of one little girl.

Eekhoff Count the Kicks App Emily Eekhoff
As a mom-to-be, you'll do just about anything to keep your baby safe—and fortunately, there is now an app to do just that. And it's already been credited with helping save at least one baby's life. 

The free  "Count the Kicks" app helped Iowa mama Emily Eekhoff discover that her baby was in danger. The app helps moms track how long it takes to feel 10 kicks each day, gives tips on how to encourage your baby to move, and recommends calling your healthcare provider if you notice any decrease in movement. Recently, Eekhoff discovered that her daughter Ruby's kicks were soft and subtle, and few and far between, after tracking stronger and more frequent kicks for a while. Worried, she got in touch with her doctor, and found that her baby was in distress. Her daughter was delivered that day by emergency C-section. "It's overwhelming to think of the role the app had in saving Ruby's life," Eekhoff tells Fit Pregnancy. "I just liked that there was a way to record kicks and look back on history. I never thought I'd actually be using that information to save my baby."

The app, which is part of a Health Birth Day campaign in Iowa, was created by five moms who experienced stillbirths, and wanted to minimize the number of families who deal with that tragedy. The program has resulted in a 26 percent decrease in the stillbirth rate in Iowa, and Eekhoff feels so fortunate to be in that number. "We are so very grateful to the five moms who created Count the Kicks organization, for making moms aware of simple steps they can take in pregnancy to keep their baby's safe and get help if needed," she says. "I would advise other moms to be aware of their baby and understand their indivudual movement patterns. Every baby is different, so what's normal for one might be abnormal for another. I would also say to not be afraid to get checked if you are worried. Doctors would rather you come get checked and everything be okay than stay home and potentially lose your baby. There's nothing wrong with making sure everything is okay!"

And fortunately for Eekhoff, everything is. "Ruby is doing so well," she reports. "We are so thankful she is here and healthy."