The maternity journey is not only an exciting journey for expectant parents, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety, especially for the new mother. Though many resources exist for education purposes, including physicians, classes, and smartphone apps, it may be difficult for a new mother to determine what the proper course of action should be for her specific pregnancy. In addition, the number of available resources may become overwhelming, and subsequently, less helpful. The MamaToo, a downloadable app, would thus serve the purpose of supporting the new mother throughout pregnancy, and after birth, by providing more directed guidance to the mother outside of the clinical setting. Prior to distribution to patients, the MamaToo would be programmed with all pertinent clinical information and milestones by a provider for the “standardized” maternity journey, as well as with information for any potential complications (e.g. signs and symptoms of preeclampsia). By doing so, the MamaToo will act as a platform for the expectant mother through which she can view weekly goals, schedule appointments and tests, and sign up for parenting classes.

The goal of the MamaToo will be to learn about the trend in the new mother’s emotional state, and suggest appropriate actionable items accordingly. First, the MamaToo will start the day with a series of Likert-scale questions asking about the mother’s current mood, anxiety and energy levels, overall well being, etc. This information will be correlated with information gathered through standard questions about current symptoms and environmental stressors. The MamaToo will be equipped with internet capabilities in order to quickly scan and filter available provider approved resources to make suggestions if, for instance, the mother suggests that she is anxious and needs relaxation techniques. The mother can then rate the effectiveness of the suggestions. The MamaToo will store the data from each day, and through pattern recognition, provide more individualized suggestions for a mother throughout her pregnancy. In addition to offering individualized care, the MamaToo could also data mine on a larger scale. By pooling data and correlating data from all MamaToo users, it could look for patterns in common stressors, typical moods, etc., and correlate that information with the most effective activity suggestions as rated by the mothers. In doing so, the MamaToo can learn and improve its ability to assist the mother without human interference. Finally, although the MamaToo would be able to provide necessary assistance to the new mother, it would not replace provider care. It would simply serve as a tool to complement and enhance clinical care.

 

ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGY & VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS

Author: Nisha Jain

Status: Project Concept