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Doctors can monitor contractions from afar with labor monitors

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Contractions at two a.m.?

No problem. Your doctor can monitor you from afar.

Meg Diepenbrock became a mother recently, giving birth to her healthy baby girl Clara.

She says her delivery went smoothly.

"Dr. Hoff was here as the labor was progressing, I thought he just had perfect timing but he was clearly aware what was happening," Diepenbrock said.

Aware, thanks to this new technology that enabled Dr. Hoff to watch Diepenbrock's contractions in real time on his Ipad or Iphone.

"That way we can look at the instant information provided and help ensure the welfare of the patient is protected long before we get to the hospital," Dr. Hoff said.

Doctor Hoff and other OBGYNs have been using airstrip ob for about two weeks.

Dr. Hoff says the technology has even enabled him to monitor patients when he was out of the country.

"We were in Costa Rica last week and I was able to see the baby's heart beat while I was in Costa Rica."

Before this app, nurses would have to read bedside monitors, call a doctor and verbally describe what they were seeing.

A tough and time consuming task.

But now doctors can check in and see up to four hours of monitoring including the babies heart beat, and contraction patterns.

And that's not all.

"We can see previous exams, vital signs and blood pressure," one nurse said.

This technology can also be used to monitor heart disease patients for abnormal heart rates.

But doctors are focusing on mothers in labor.

Diepenbrock says the technology helped her feel like her doctor was at her bedside even though he couldn't be there every hour of labor.

"I appreciate real time information that be delivered to doctors anywhere so they're aware of your body it takes the risk out of the process," Diepenbrock said.

Reducing risks to her baby and offering peace of mind that her doctor is just a heart beat away.

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