The app provides key information and advice which will help women to make informed choices about their birth from trusted NHS source, all in one place, and right at their fingertips.
There is a who’s who of healthcare professionals that mums-to-be will come into contact with before, and after their baby has been born, with a brief description of their role.
Mums and their partners will be able to compare facilities at hospitals across the region to find out which would best suit the type of birth they hope for. Whether it’s the closest maternity unit, or one that is more suitable for those who might have extra healthcare needs – the app helps women to plan where, and how they give birth.
The app will be updated every six months so women can be assured the most up to date information will be made available in an ever changing NHS. Access to the app is via the web: www.pregnancyandbirthchoices.co.uk, then select to download it to a device.
The app contains key information for mums-to-be to think about, learn, and document using the notes section, as well as diary appointments.
Mums-to-be can access a visual and interactive guide on what to expect at certain stages through pregnancy. This guide also gives advice, for example what will happen during an ultrasound scan, to what foods you should avoid when pregnant, to what classes are available to help prepare for birth.
It informs women about what will happen after their baby is born, and tips how to look after them, from helping to develop a close bond, to feeding support, to what examinations will be carried out.
Help and advice for women who may feel a bit down, tearful or anxious after giving birth is also included in the postnatal visual pathway. About one in five women will experience some form of mental health problem, the app offers a wide range of support options available.