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Empowering Pregnant Women to Make Positive Choices

Thrive Pregnancy project was initiated at the Hacking Health Vancouver conference by two doctors from Youth Pregnancy and Parenting and Sheway Programs. Marginalized women in Vancouver needed a portable health record to empower and support them through their pregnancies. Many of these women had chaotic lives and faced multiple challenges that would make a paper-based pregnancy passport difficult to retain. Over two days, our team built a prototype of the app that enabled us to win the hackathon.

After the hackathon, we continued to develop the app and pilot it with doctor agencies. Over the next two months, we built a complete mobile app that would enable vulnerable women to access crucial pre-natal information and local support resources, record text, voice, and picture diary entries, track appointments and test results, and keep track of needs and questions to discuss with their care providers.

The complete medical record contained the following information:

  • Prenatal care choices to discuss with care provider
  • Pregnancy needs
  • Expected care during pregnancy
  • Medical appointments
  • Test results
  • A list of resources

Thrive pregnancy app was well received by YPPP and Sheway staff and clients. Furthermore, the app was featured in Coach Healthcare Information Management journal.

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