New parents and pregnant women now have access to a wide range of useful information and advice at their fingertips, thanks to a new app launched by the Maternity team at the RUH in Bath.
The new Maternity HANDi app aims to provide extensive maternity information for women who:
- Are planning a pregnancy
- Are pregnant
- Are wanting to know more about labour
- Have recently given birth
Developed in partnership with Musgrove Park Hospital and maternity service users, the free app contains links to local and national information as well as guidance for women during pregnancy, labour and the early weeks following the birth.
The new app aims to answer many of the most frequently asked questions from new parents, including infant feeding and what to expect in labour.
It can also be used to find out where to obtain additional support.
The app provides information on antenatal and post-natal hospital appointments, as well as advice for women who have diabetes or a high BMI.
Kirsty Watford, who is 28 weeks pregnant with her first baby, said: “The Maternity HANDi app is great to help guide you from planning a pregnancy through to the post-natal period.
“[There are] lots of easy to find useful links and videos to help answer common questions and concerns expectant and new parents may have along their journey. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone starting their pregnancy journey.”
Maternity Matron Di Dorrington said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this app to women and their family.
“It provides women with access to expert information while answering many of the questions they have at this special time.
“The app is free and easy to download, so I hope women will take the opportunity to access maternity information at the touch of a button”
You can find the app on Google Play and on Apple’s App store – just search for HANDi Maternity.
Once the app is downloaded, agree to the terms and conditions and select Royal United Hospitals Bath.
The Maternity HANDi app complements the Paediatric HANDi App, already available for parents and carers with expert advice on common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.
It is also free and can be downloaded to any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.