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      A Self-management App for Maternal Mental Health

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Maternal mental health, Mobile application, Femtech

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          Femtech (female technology) describes digital technologies focusing on women’s health, which is gaining enormous growing global attention and investment. One such women’s health area is maternal mental health, which is an increasing problem with a lack of accessible resources. The overall aim of this research programme is to provide evidence to inform, enhance and evaluate the effectiveness of the Moment Health App in order to improve maternal mental health among mothers and their families, and to make maternal mental health mainstream. A mobile application (app) has been developed for new and expectant mothers and their families, which screens for prenatal and postnatal depression and associated anxieties, and includes additional features such as a helpful guide to practical and accessible coping strategies. The app consists of easy-to-use tools including an early intervention symptoms checker, a mood tracker, and a location tool. Further research is ongoing to advance the app, and to test its’ effectiveness in improving maternal mental health. This research programme is providing the evidence to support the stage-of-the-art development, ongoing advances, and evaluations to make maternal mental health mainstream through the use of technology, and thus contributing to the growing femtech.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Conference
                July 2018
                July 2018
                : 1-5
                Affiliations
                School of Communication & Media

                Ulster University
                School of Computing

                Ulster University
                School of Psychology

                Ulster University
                Moment Health

                Belfast
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.168
                © Moorhead et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
                HCI
                32
                Belfast, UK
                4 - 6 July 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference
                Product
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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