By Andrea Bosco · Photographs by Michael Fornataro
Expectant parents, fear not. The swirl of questions and concerns in your mind will soon be replaced with a sense of calm confidence. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has launched the MyMageePregnancy app, an educational experience with the answers to many questions moms- and dads-to-be have. “When can the baby first hear my voice?” “What foods should I avoid?”
Just ask the app!
Designed to educate women about their baby’s development, the technology covers a month-by-month look at the process of pregnancy.
“We feel that education is power for women, and the more that a pregnant woman knows about her pregnancy, the better chances we have for her to have a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby,” says Patty Genday, executive director of Women’s Services at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “And, it’s fun! The mom-to-be can input her due date and track the process while observing what’s going on with her body and her baby.”
From exercise recommendations to what to pack in your overnight bag, MyMageePregnancy is filled with helpful tips across the board. It even guides you through a timeline of when to make a decision on prenatal tests, breastfeeding, and choosing a pediatrician; and when to sign up for Magee’s education classes, including Lamaze and sibling introduction classes. Specific hospital instructions, such as facts on epidurals, alternative pain-control options, and where to go once you’re in labor, are also available at your fingertips.
“Prenatally, we want to expose this information to the mom so she can learn,” says Genday, a registered nurse by trade. “We’re lucky to have such a health care organization in our own backyard. Our researchers and obstetricians are leading the way. We wanted to take that expertise and provide it to women.”
One of the most favored aspects of the app is that it allows the hospital’s patients to interact in real time. All of the app’s information can be shared on social media, at the comfort of mom, allowing expectant parents the opportunity to keep friends and family in the loop as their pregnancy progresses. “Our generation of women in their child-bearing years have grown up using a computer,” she says. “It’s natural for them to use an app on a daily basis.” The app’s convenience makes immediate questions or questions on the go a breeze.
The wealth of information and the luxury of learning MyMageePregnancy provides brings comfort and peace to expectant parents. And, knowing that the support comes from Magee’s stellar staff makes it that much better. “The best part of my job is the interaction I have with patients,” Genday says. “This app improves our patient experience. In addition, the content was created in concert with Magee experts, which means moms-to-be know the information can be trusted.”
In its first three weeks, the app had nearly 7,000 visits!
one couple’s journey
This May, Anne and Scott Sutton are expecting a baby boy. After relocating to Pittsburgh from Altoona, they discovered a knowledgeable doctor at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the MyMageePregnancy app. “When we found out our doctor was associated with helping to create the app, we knew it was a no-brainer to start using it,” Anne says. When Anne, a UPMC employee, first learned she was pregnant, she scoured books and websites to find answers to her questions. “I was overwhelmed,” she says. “Then, I started using Magee’s app. Everything is so neatly outlined. The app provides a timeline for you; it tells you what stage the baby is in and what I should be feeling at that certain point in my pregnancy.” Upon each entry, the app’s information is tailored to the mom-to-be’s stage of pregnancy. “Each month, I send Scott a screenshot to show him the size of the baby — at six months, the app said he was the size of a box of tissues!” The app’s month-by-month relevancy presents reminders prompting the parents-to-be to take in-hospital classes and prepare with educational tidbits. Anne says, “I ended up booking three classes because the information encouraged me to think about things that I may not have otherwise.”
:: The app is available at upmc.com/MyMageePregnancy or on Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC’s Facebook page.