Maternity app to transform way mums-to-be receive information

Friday, 4 May 2018

MyPregnancy at NBT Smartphone AppA new maternity app has been launched by North Bristol NHS Trust that will change the way in which expectant parents access the information they require through their pregnancy journey.

My Pregnancy @ NBT, funded by Southmead Hospital Charity, has been developed by midwives and clinicians at the Trust and will replace the existing system of giving patients leaflets, which traditionally totals more than 80,000 a year.

As well as having over 80 pages of useful information, the free app allows parents-to-be to make informed decisions about their birthing options with the help of information and virtual tours of Cossham Birth Centre, Mendip Birth Centre and the Delivery Suite at Southmead Hospital.

Dr Sonia Barnfield, North Bristol NHS Trust Consultant Obstetrician, said:

“My Pregnancy @ NBT is an excellent resource for expectant parents as it provides useful information from pregnancy through to labour and post-birth.

“The app allows the most up to date information to be accessible from one central place and has many useful elements such as the search and notes function.

“As well as empowering parents-to-be to make informed decisions, contact details for our teams are now in one place which makes it easier for them to be located.”

The app has already been well received by those who used it through the pilot phase.

Susan Hughes, who had access to the My Pregnancy @ NBT app during this stage, said:

“To have all of the information I needed on my phone was fantastic as I was able to access the information while on holiday and when meeting friends for coffee. 

“It made life so much easier, increasing my choices whilst keeping me informed and up to date of the latest information for mothers and babies.”

Elizabeth Bond, head of fundraising at Southmead Hospital Charity, which funded the development of the app, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to support the development of the My Pregnancy @NBT app as a fantastic resource of information and guidance for new parents.

“The app also supports a commitment towards more sustainable ways of delivering patient information by reducing the Trust’s consumption of paper.”

The app can be downloaded by searching My Pregnancy @ NBT in the App Store or iTunes for Apple devices, or by searching in Google Play for Android devices. Hard copies of the information will still be available to those who request it.

To download the app visit:
Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mypregnancy-nbt/id1282495682?mt=8
Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.horizonsp.mypregnancywl
Or search the app store for MyPregnancy @ NBT. 

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