Any mother will tell you the best gifts on Mother`s Day are the ones her children make. And the only gifts more valuable, are the memories they make together.
Kate Safris got the gift of 8 days with her daughter Emma, something these other mothers didn`t get. Their babies were stillbirths.
On a day dedicated to them, these mothers are sharing a gift with expectant mothers. “I know. I know the app would have saved her. I know it would have,” said mother Tiffan Yamen.
The Count the Kicks app allows pregnant women to chart their baby`s movements. “It will show a chart of just how long it takes each day. So you can look for pattern movements, and if it changes significantly the most important thing for mom to remember is to contact their provider immediately,” said mother Janet Peterson.
The Count the Kicks campaign started nearly five years ago having mothers chart their baby`s kicks on paper. “Since we started Count the Kicks in Iowa, our stillbirth rate has gone down every year and it`s gone down about 26 percent,” said Peterson.
And these mothers think they can save even more lives by making their movement mobile. “You kind of got to meet people where they are and we`re in a technological age,” said Safris.
Technology they never had, it’s a bittersweet gift. “When I lost her, I thought that was it. She was gone,” said Safris.
But nothing can take away the gift of being a mother. “It doesn`t take a physical presence of a child to have them in your life. So she makes memories with me every day,” said Safris.
The most important time to start using the app is during the third trimester of pregnancy. The app is free on both Apple and Android platforms.