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9 months of knowing

When childbirth and the 9 months of pregnancy becomes a "women" only activity its also more vulnerable and may not get the necessary political and community support it needs. This simple information sharing idea will make the dads more updated, involved and prepared. Its important to include the dads and make them feel like they are part of the pregnancy on fair terms, that they have access to information.

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This is a simple information sharing concept. By involving and enabling the dads to know more about the progress and health of their wives this will hopefully generate more pride and involvement within the men of the community. And therefore, in male driven societies, the aim is to get the dads to prioritize and lobby for a safer pregnancy for their women. Its important to include the dads and make them feel like they are part of the pregnancy on fair terms, that they have access to information.

Its simple. When the woman gets a health check up, a simple application allows the health-worker to input some data, weight, size of baby, expected due date, health recommendations or restrictions, blood preassure etc. That info is sent to the dads mobile phone where he gets a "Pregnancy status update" (a bit like following the pregnancy on a very slow twitter). The update should be cognitive and easy to read/understand with simple images/text. If the woman is being restricted from hard work etc by the medical staff then the man can directly get that info from them and the woman will not be responsible for delivering such messages, that may lead to trouble if she cant fulfill her household duties.

Both woman and man gets 9 months period of knowing and preparing. And a full summary of the whole pregnancy is easily available in both their mobile phones.

What is the minimum level of mobile technology needed for this concept?

Simple application

How could this work in a low-literacy context?

It does need to be developed with a easy to understand interface. Pictures representing the state of the woman and short text explanations.

Which partners could help realise and deliver this solution?

  • Oxfam
  • Nokia
  • Mobile operators
  • NGOs


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One more idea as I like your attention to involving both parents. In attempting to think outside the 9 month period for which you've already proposed a great idea, I wonder if games (as described below) could target young couples with innovative content aimed to increase their understanding of the significant resources required to raise a child. For example, the game could highlight the cost of health care, food, clothing, and education a child needs. In some cases, couples may give greater consideration to not having children if the practical considerations are laid out in a fun, entertaining way.

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