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Childbirth Education with Mobile Health


Evolving methodologies in mobile health have stimulated new approaches to knowledge dissemination and translation. Our team has developed SmartMom, Canada’s first prenatal education program delivered by text messaging, endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and now enrolling 600 women per month. This theme will focus on the development and testing of digital strategies to promote behaviour change.  The Theory of Planned Behavior suggests that information accessed at the point of decision making compels a sequence of cognitive and affective changes leading to behavioural intentions and new behaviours. The theme will further explore digital approaches to motivate healthy behavior change among expectant families. While texting programs such as “SmartMom” and phone apps are in widespread use in Canada, their ability to effect behavior change and promote physiologic birth have not been evaluated. The theme will seek funding for evaluation of these and other strategies, including two-way texting, moderated online forums, and YouTube learning aids.      

Theme Lead

Name Role and Department Affiliated Institution Email
Janssen, Patti Professor, School of Population and Public Health University of British Columbia

Theme Researchers

Name Role and Department Affiliated Institution Email
Brunton, Ginny Associate Professor Ontario Tech University
Downe, Soo Professor, Midwifery Studies University of Central Lancashire
Elliott, Dana Dana Elliott Physiotherapy
Gross, Mechthild Professor and Director, Midwifery Research and Education Unit Hannover Medical School
Grylka-Baeschlin, Susanne Professor and Deputy Head of the Research Institute of Midwifery ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Hundley, Vanora Professor of Midwifery, Centre for Maternal and Perinatal Health Bournemouth University
Jevitt, Cecilia Director Midwifery, Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia
Klein, Michael C. Emeritus Professor, Family Practice (UBC), Senior Scientist Emeritus (Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver) University of British Columbia
Kotaska, Andrew Generalist Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Levett, Kate Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC ECR Fellow, School of Medicine University of Notre Dame Australia
Salomons, Emilie Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine OAK Integrative Health
Spiby, Helen Lead, Maternal Health and Wellbeing Research Group, Professor in Midwifery, School of Health Sciences University of Nottingham
Tilden, Ellen Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Department, and School of Medicine, OBGYN Department Oregon Health and Science University
Vedam, Saraswathi Professor, Midwifery, Principal, Birth Place Lab University of British Columbia