Preg­nancy app in devel­op­ment

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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 pos­i­tive­lypreg­nant@waikato.ac.nz

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