Reading Hospital unveils app for expecting moms

Reading Hospital unveils app for expecting moms; video report by WFMZ's Amanda VanAllen

WEST READING, Pa. - An app is helping expecting mothers spend less time at the doctor's office. It's called "Babyscripts."

"We have a lot of patients who are working moms, have other children at home, so this will decrease their total number of visits from 14 to 10," said Dr. Jaylaine Ghoubrial, Reading Health System.

Patients get a 'mommy kit' and download the app. The moms-to-be are responsible for taking their own blood pressure and weighing themselves every two weeks. That data then gets sent right to their physician, and they are notified immediately if there's a problem.

"You get so much mixed information online, but it's nice to have some place to go to that I know my doctors back this app up 100 percent," said Natasha Summers, an expecting mother.

Summers is one of 14 patients using the app since Reading Hospital rolled it out earlier this month. This first-time mom said the equipment is very easy to use.

"You just stick the blood pressure cuff on, hit the on button and it automatically takes it," she said. "As soon as the blood pressure cuff is done, it records it into your phone, and the same thing with the scale."

Reading Hospital is the first in Pennsylvania to use the app. Doctors said they love it because patients have the opportunity to have a more active role in their pregnancy.

"I believe these patients will actually get better care in some sense that they have access to information. They'll be better educated. They'll be better prepared for their pregnancy and their delivery," Ghoubrial said.

The app is free and so is the equipment, but you have to be approved by your doctor to use it.

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