Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Due Date Plus, an app developed by Wildflower Health, is designed to support pregnant women while helping reduce pregnancy complications. Dr. James Bush, the medical director of Wyoming Medicaid, said the app is designed to help save money for Wyoming's Medicaid program by helping prevent pregnancy complications like early delivery, low birth weight, and C-sections, but that the main goal is, "to get better outcomes and healthier babies for the state of Wyoming."
The app is pretty simple. You first enter in your due date and then the app will calculate how many days you have left until your due date as well as pregnancy milestones. These milestones list the dates that you should to start feel kicking or heart rates from the baby, as well as when you'll need to take your newborn in for their first doctor's appointment. The app also allows expecting mothers to enter in their current symptoms during pregnancy, and tells them whether they are common during pregnancy or whether they should contact their doctor.
Dr. Bush says that most importantly, the app puts local resources into expecting mothers hands. It has lists of local obstetricians, family physicians, and pediatricians. This is especially important for mothers who might live in a more rural area in Wyoming, as the app can help coach and guide them through their pregnancy since they may not be able to visit their doctors as frequently.
The full version of the app is only available to Wyoming Medicaid participants, but a "light" version is available to everyone. You can download the app on iTunes or in Google Play by searching for "Wyoming Medicaid" or "Due Date Plus". Dr. Bush also encourages expectant dads to download the app, as it can help them stay more involved and up to date during the pregnancy process.