Pregnancy app in development
Ever wished your new baby would come with a handbook?
How about an app that could tell you everything about each stage from pregnancy to birth and everything in between?
A team from the University of Waikato School of Psychology, headed by Dr Carrie Cornsweet Barber, has been working for the last three years to develop Positively Pregnant – an app for pregnant women.
The team is looking to recruit up to 60 women from the Waikato, including Matamata, in March, and will follow them through to a month after the baby is born. Any woman who is at least 16 years old, in the first half of pregnancy and who uses a smart phone is eligible to participate.
The goal of the study is to see how women use the app, to get feedback and suggestions from them, and to see if there are changes in their stress, distress, and health behaviours while using the app.
‘‘One of the advantages of an app is that it can be tailored to the particular needs of the mother – there can easily be different versions, individualised for the user,’’ says Dr Barber.
For information, or to volunteer, you can contact the research coordinator Juliana Brown at email@example.com