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Mom Thought She'd Be Burying Unborn Baby, Credits App For Saving Baby's Life

A planned pregnancy can be such a wonderful time in an expectant mother's life. For nine months, the anticipation just keeps building. Every little milestone is meaningful and celebrated. Some moms just can't contain their excitement-- they blog about their daily experiences or read countless baby books about all the things they can expect to go through. In modern times, many moms turn to technology as a fun way of tracking their baby's growth. For one mom, it could have been a lifesaver.

Emily Eekhoff of Iowa was keeping track of her baby's movements with an app called 'Count the Kicks'. The app's website says moms can start counting those kicks from the 28th week to monitor their baby's activities and keep track of their baby's health. "By keeping track of each time your baby kicks, rolls or pokes, you can monitor your baby’s health and begin to create a bond with him or her," the website says.

"The goal of Count the Kicks is to improve the chances of delivering a healthy baby and prevent unexpected birth complications and even late-term stillbirth," the app creators note.

Eekhoff was 33 weeks pregnant and she had been keeping track of those kicks when suddenly something terrifying happened: they slowed down.

Some busy moms don't notice for a few days when fetal activity slows down. Eekhoff might have been one of these women. She noticed the activity slowing down but thought that perhaps she just wasn't paying attention. So, she checked her phone.

The app confirmed Eekhoff's suspicions. Fetal activity had significantly decreased. Sometimes, this can mean that the unborn baby is in distress.

The story behind the app is heartbreaking. It was created by five women who gave birth to stillborn babies. They're hoping to prevent other babies and families from going through what they've gone through by offering the free app. They first introduced the app in Iowa, and just five years later, the state's stillborn rate is down by 26 percent.

"If we can reduce the entire country's stillbirth rate by 26 percent, as we've done here in Iowa, we will save more than 6,000 babies every single year," Emily Price, the executive director of the organization. "That's 6,000 families who will have been saved from the heartache of losing their child."

Eekhoff and her husband weren't taking any chances. They went to the hospital. "We are really thankful that we did," the mommy to be told WHOTV.

Doctors discovered that the baby's umbilical cord was wrapped several times around the baby's neck, and was tightening. The condition could be fatal; if it went unnoticed, the baby could have been strangled in the womb. Eekhoff could have given birth to a stillborn.

Doctors rushed Eekhoff into an emergency C-section. Baby Ruby was born. After 20 days in the NICU, she is not only recovering but thriving. "They could have been burying our baby instead," said the new mom.

According to one doctor's prediction, baby Ruby probably would have died if she had been left in the womb another day. Eekhoff believes that the app truly saved Ruby's life. "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," Emily said to USA Today.

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