Giving birth? There's an app for that!
You've all heard the phrase "there's an app for that." Well it really does seem to be true for just about everything... including giving birth!
At 6 pounds 2 ounces, baby Christian Thatcher Harris had a successful entrance into this world on November first.
Thanks mostly to a team of doctors and nurses at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. But also with the help of a smart phone application, or app.
"It made me feel a lot more comfortable that if something was going on or that she could see what was going on so that if all of a sudden I went into full labor she would be right there," said patient and mom Laura Kalahiki.
It's called Airstrip OB and it allows obstetricians to check the progress of their patients, anytime, from anywhere.
"We feel like we can be in contact with our nurses in labor and delivery pretty much 24-7 any minute of the day," said Dr Renee McGraw.
Doctor McGraw says she can monitor the baby's and mother's vital signs as well as the mom's uterine activity through the secure app. Information that was once only at the hospital or had to be faxed to her by the nurses or more recently could be accessed by any computer.
But when it's literally at the touch of a button on your phone, convenience is taken to another level.
"It's funny, it's almost like facebook for me," said Dr McGraw. "I click on it all the time. And I think we drive our nurses crazy because we're constantly getting on and looking to see who's on labor and delivery and what going on. I think we probably make more phone calls to the nurses stations than they make to us these days because we're always calling to check on our patients."
Which also takes the comfort level for expectant mothers to a whole other level as well.
"She knew what was going on and it really made us feel better because we knew that they had already talked to her even though we couldn't see her. So the fact that she'd seen what had been going on and talked to the doctor even though she wasn't in the room with us, it made us feel a lot better about it," said Kalahiki.
National Park Medical Center is the only hospital in the state using this app and they've had it for about three months.