Going digital: Developing resources for women and families in maternity

Information for women during pregnancy is provided as part of maternity care in a number of formats including face-to-face appointments, through leaflets, over the phone and online.

It is recognised that the use of online sources for seeking health information as well as the use of smartphone and tablet devices for online access is increasing. In line with this trend, there are a number of digital apps and websites available within maternity care for sharing information and supporting decisions as well as interaction through social media.

This Better Births Summary brings together examples of the apps and online information that have been developed for reaching women and families at the time of pregnancy. The examples show the importance of sharing information using digital media and that it is a feasible agenda for maternity care. There is now a real opportunity to combine approaches for reaching women and their families.


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Rachel Scanlan, Royal College of Midwives
Dr Cate Bell, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Rupa Chilvers, Royal College of Midwives
Dr Jacque Gerrard, Royal College of Midwives

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RCM (2016) Going Digital: Developing resources for women and families in maternity care. A Better Births Summary. Royal College of Midwives: London

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