Latest app has kick-counter, contraction timer built-in
by Douglas Maurer DO, MPH, FAAFP September 29, 2017

The app store is bursting with apps for pregnant patients. Which ones should we recommend?
For years, the Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Pregnancy Guide – the Purple Book – has been our go-to guide for patients. Every obstetrics patient received one at their initial visit and were encouraged to bring it to each subsequent visit. The book succinctly follows an uncomplicated pregnancy practice guideline developed by DOD/VA with tons of additional material for pregnant patients.
Here on iMedicalApps, we have favorably reviewed the Pregnancy A to Z app as well as other patient-centered pregnancy apps, including Sprout Pregnancy, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, My Prognosis Pregnancy, Ilithyia (really geared for providers but too good not to mention), and Hello Baby Pregnancy Calendar.
One of the newest apps is called Physicians and Midwives Pregnancy Passport. The app is designed by a group of providers in Northern Virginia who provide prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care via five practices composed of ob/gyns and nurse midwives.
It’s similar in design to Pregnancy A to Z and Sprout Pregnancy, allowing patients to create their own profiles, track visits, journal, look up obstetric statistics, log kicks, and access a contraction timer. Patients can also make appointments, contact their providers, and receive appointment reminders through the app.
• Robust educational content for prenatal and postpartum care covering a broad range of topics with current, evidence-based information
• Journal function, patient stats, appointment reminders/portal, videos, contraction timer and kick counter built-in
• Available for both iOS and Android
• Free
• Many sections of the app use small fonts and cramped text
• Lacks some of the fancy animations compared to some of the competition
• App geared to patients enrolled for care in Northern Virginia

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