Timing labor contractions has never been so easy. With Labor Mate, timing each contraction is as simple as touching a button. Tap the stopwatch button once to start the contraction timer and tab it again to stop the timer. As the contractions become longer and more frequent Labor Mate records the information for you and reports it back in an easy-to-read format so you can decide when it is time to call the doctor or head off to the hospital for delivery.
Labor Mate provides two screens for monitoring the contractions, a detail screen and an summary screen. The detail screen shows the duration of each contraction and the time between contractions. The summary screen shows the average duration of the contractions based on the last 3 contractions and the average time between contractions based on the last 6 contractions. This information helps you decide when it is time to call the doctor or head off to the hospital for delivery.
So what fun is buying an application when you can't take advantage of it right away? After all you are not going to buy Labor Mate the moment the contractions start. This is why Labor Mate includes a Due Date Countdown screen. Enter the expected due date and Labor Mate will show you how many weeks and days have passed as well as how much time remains.
The inspiration for Labor Mate comes from my own personal experience assisting my wife with the arrival of our baby boy. At the time Labor Mate did not exists nor did the App Store. I used the stopwatch feature on my wristwatch, a pencil and a piece of paper. The more frequent the contractions the more confusing and time consuming tracking each contraction became. This became problematic for me because after all my primary role was to help calm and support my wife. Capturing data was secondary.
Soon after our baby boy was born I thought to myself, "There has to be a better way to track my wife's contractions without interfering with my primary role as support partner." With plans for a second baby in the near future I set out to create a better way, thus became Labor Mate.
I wish you all the best with the arrival of your new baby boy or baby girl, and I hope you find Labor Mate as useful as I will when the time comes for the birth of my second child.
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