Theme 3: Digital Health Technologies for Pregnancy and Birth Overview


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 focuses 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. This theme further explores digital approaches to motivate healthy behavior change among expectant families. While texting programs such as “SmartParent” and phone apps are in widespread use in Canada, their ability to effect behavior change and promote physiologic birth have not been evaluated. This theme evaluates these in other strategies.      


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
Adeniyi, Abiola Instructor, Faculty of Dentistry University of British Columbia
Bayrampour, Hamideh University of British Columbia
Hu, Janice Post-Doctoral Fellow and Epidemiologist, Health Canada

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