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Fri Dec 19 14:12:41 SAST 2014

Philips Design tests smartphone birthing coach

AFP Relaxnews | 01 April, 2013 12:11
Dutch moms-to-be are test-driving a new app from Philips Design that hopes to help improve the experience of giving birth.
Image by: Philips Design

Dutch moms-to-be are test-driving a new app from Philips Design that hopes to help improve the experience of giving birth.

The company has created a system incorporating a smartphone and wall projector that is used in delivery rooms -- all with the goal of prepping a newbie mom for proper labour breathing. The projector casts an animation that is synced from sensors on the woman's abdomen indicating where she is in the process by measuring contractions.

There are currently two different design themes for the animations -- nature and abstract. There she can view the times between contractions, duration and intensity of contractions, and dilation progress.

The aim of the concept, according to Philips, is "to reduce anxiety, using technology and design as an enabler for distraction, to create a more positive labor and delivery experience." Plus they say it could help moms feel more control and support by visualizing her progress via the app.

Lead researcher Jeanine Kierkels, who began the project as part of her graduate work at the Eindhoven University of Technology, was inspired by research that showed one in six Dutch women look back unfavourably at their birthing experience three months later.

Currently, 60 moms are using a prototype of the device in a pilot study, with another 60 in the control group.

You can go read more on Philips' website.

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