The free app, launched by Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), provides pregnant women and their families with general information about pregnancy, as well as NUH’s own maternity leaflets and contact telephone numbers.
The Pocket Midwife was developed by maternity matron Julia Gudgeon and other members of staff, with support from the Better For You programme and funded by the Hospital charity.
“We could see that women were struggling to access information available to them and what they found wasn’t always correct. Our aim was to provide parents with a useful resource that they could trust,” Julia Gudgeon said.
Parents can also use the app’s pregnancy calendar, which provides information about their baby’s development and changes to the woman’s body.
The contraction counter also supports women and their birth partners during early labour.
Information on the app was developed through feedback from 100 pregnant women who suggested what information they would like to see.
Julia Gudgeon added: “This app ensures that women are getting up-to-date information from a trusted source. We are really proud of it.
“We think it will be really useful, not just for pregnant women but for their partners and families too. There’s a lot of informative information as well as some really fun features.”
The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
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