Interior Health has launched SmartMom, a free, interactive prenatal education program delivered to phones via text messages.
The program is tailored, providing information timed to various stages of pregnancy to ensure women get the right information at the right time.
“Only 32 per cent of women in Canada attend prenatal education classes and we know that number decreases further for those in rural and remote communities,” said Nancy Delgado, Interior Health’s SmartMom project manager.
“By offering SmartMom, we’re now able to offer consistent, evidence-based prenatal education to moms-to-be across the Interior Health region.”
Moms-to-be receive text messages up to three times per week, with the option to choose the time and days that work best.
Messages will guide them through their pregnancies and include topics to discuss with caregivers, information and resources on how to have a healthy pregnancy, how babies are developing and tips on how to manage labour and delivery.
Information can also be customized to include resources about personal health concerns such as smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake and healthy eating and weight management.
SmartMom was developed in partnership with UBC-affiliated researchers (Optimal Birth BC), the Ministry of Health, Northern Health and First Nations Health Authority, and in consultation with pregnant women, new mothers, clinicians and public health practitioners.
All information is current, has been developed from published peer-reviewed research and is endorsed by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Text messages are intended for women having uncomplicated pregnancies. SmartMom is intended to complement prenatal advice and information provided by caregivers, not to replace it.
You can enrol with SmartMom online or via text message.
Via text, send a text with the word “Interior” to 12323. Reply “Yes” to enrol, view the terms of consent or call the toll-free number, reply “Accept” and enter gestational age.
Via the web, go online to smartmomcanada.ca, click “Enrol Now” in the top right of the homepage and create your profile.