A new app has launched which expectant parents can use to get advice on childbirth.
The Mum & Baby app has been designed an in-depth guide for expectant mothers and their partners. It gives expectant parents information to help prepare for the birth, aid recovery afterwards, information on different medical conditions and baby care basics.
The app was co-funded by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust’s charity CW+ and digital and healthcare organisation Imagineear, who designed and built the app.
Dr Sunita Sharma, lead consultant of Postnatal Services at the Chelsea and Westminster Trust, saw the need for the app after being concerned about the quality of information that was available to new mums. She said: “My concern about the quality of information available to new mums was the rationale for wanting to create reliable resource material repository.”
Dr Sharma, worked with the Trust’s obstetric, midwifery and neonatal department staff and with focus groups of new mothers and their partners. A first version of the app was launched for clinical use three years ago and saw a 97% satisfaction rate from new mums.
Dr Sharma continued: “Our maternity services have full UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation and the team delivers over 5,000 babies every year, so we pride ourselves on the quality of advice we give. With Mum & Baby free to all mothers registered with our hospitals, our advice and support can begin before, and extend beyond, the hospital stay.”
Pippa Nightingale, chief nurse, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Mum & Baby is an easy-to-access source of evidenced-based information, which covers all the understandable worries that new parents have. It’s a brilliant addition for our new mums to have at their fingertips. Minimising the need to deal with paper handouts helps free up time for our midwives to assist mums and babies under their care.”