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Valley Health Releases Free Mobile App for Expectant Parents

Valley Health has announced the launch of its first mobile app, VHS Babies. The first of its kind in the region, staff developed the app to help pregnant patients learn about their developing baby and changing body, keep track of appointments, know what to watch for, and feel well-prepared for the birth of their child.

While pregnancy apps have become increasingly common, VHS Babies is unique in that it also offers hospital-specific information and resources for soon-to-be moms, and keeps them engaged with Valley Health during their pregnancy. In 2017, around 2,500 babies were welcomed into the world at Valley Health hospitals, Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital.

The free mobile app contains week-by-week growth and development information on the baby, a place for moms to pre-register for their hospital stay, as well as tools such as a kick-counter, contraction timer and appointment tracker.

“Pregnancy can create a lot of excitement and many questions, too,” says Sharon Rigney-Dodson, Director, Women and Children at Winchester Medical Center, and the mother of three. “Expectant moms are information seekers who want to know the different stages of their baby’s development and also have many questions about where they will give birth. VHS Babies is a way for us to help pregnant families get the information and tools they need to feel comfortable and informed going into their birth experience.”

The app was the brainchild of two young mothers on the Valley Health Marketing and Communications team, one a former childbirth educator and doula; the other a digital media coordinator newly-certified in app development. The pair worked with clinical leaders to hone in on the content and features.

Misty Warren, Supervisor of Family Education at Valley Health, is pleased that parents can even view childbirth classes and register right from the app. “We’re still building up the education features and will be adding online childbirth education courses later this winter,” Misty notes. “We want to make it easy for families to find useful information during pregnancy so that they’re informed before their hospital stay and feel empowered to make decisions for themselves and their babies.”

The app is now available for download on the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android devices.