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ParentPrep

An app that teaches new parents about childcare through a mobile course comprised of lessons and quizzes.

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In no more than 3 sentences, please tell us who your idea is designed for and how it reimagines the new life experience.

This app is designed for expecting new parents to give them all of the information that they need in an organized and comprehensive way. Often, new parents are overwhelmed by information and are unable to comprehend the unorganized mess of information on babies. ParentPrep will organize information provided by prenatal and postnatal care specialists into units with quizzes at the end of each to ensure that parents feel that they understand and feel prepared for their child.

Being a new parent is one of the most stressful experiences that any of us will go through. The lack of experience combined with how hard it is to find well-organized and accurate information makes preparing for a baby extremely difficult and confusing. This app will allow expecting parents to learn and retain essential information and feel confident and prepared as their due date approaches.

Information provided by prenatal and postnatal care specialists will be split into approximately ten units with each unit focusing on different aspects of care for a baby before and after birth. A quiz will follow each unit to ensure comprehension and that parents feel that they understand and feel prepared for their child. 

ParentPrep users will be presented with two options for learning the information: Read or Watch. The Read option will allow users to process information at their own pace. Read will not be presented in the typical textbook-like format; it will have a modern and sleek design, allowing users to stay engaged. The Watch option will present the information as any online course would, with a teacher giving a lesson. These teachers will use a variety of visual aids to liven up the learning process. After users have finished a unit, either by reading it or watching it, they will be presented with a short quiz to assure that they feel confident with the information that they just learned.


At what stage is your idea?

  • Back of the Napkin Sketch: I came up with this concept and would love support in making it come to life!

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

With a small group of expecting parents, a physical class could be held, followed by a quiz, to see if parents felt as though they learned something and felt more confident about their knowledge pertaining to babies.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I think that guidance on the design of the app's user interface would be very helpful as well as any general suggestions for improvement.

Tell us about your work experience:

N/A

This idea emerged from...

  • An Individual

Are you an expecting, new, or experienced mom?

  • no

Are you a healthcare practitioner?

  • no

Are you a current employee of UCB Pharmaceuticals or Sutter Health?

  • no

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Hi Omri,
This is such a good idea. But also because it's so practical so do you have any competitors in the market who do some apps like this? If yes, what are you considering as your most competitive advantages over them?

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Hello Omri,
I think the mobile parent application would be wonderful for new parents to use to acquire knowledge. My question is, a vast amount of mobile applications are not used due to the product not being known to individuals. How would you acquire the audience in notifying them about your mobile application?

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Hey Terrill!
Thanks so much for the comment! I was thinking that the best way to reach people who would use a parenting preparation app would be to put ads on other apps, such as Facebook.

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Omri,
With apps being the craze of the 21st century, I don't see why this isn't already one! I believe that this app is definitely feasible. I also believe that you can adapt this to a website format or newsletter maybe so that you could reach new parents who don't use smartphones. Or older parents. I love the idea though!

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Hey Arthur!
Thanks so much for the comment! Creating a website as well as an app to reach as many people as possible is a great idea!

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Omri,
I like the idea of consolidating information into a user-friendly app. I think that part of the appeal of this idea is that it would eliminate the need to use multiple resources to learn parenting skills, and instead just use on succinct resource. However, some issues do arise during parenthood that are less heard of and wouldn't be included in general parenthood information. Is this app meant to teach parents the essential information, or would you consider incorporating a service on the app where new parents could consult specialists about specific questions that are unaddressed in the ten units?

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Hi Ryan!
Thanks so much for the comment! That is a great point. I think that the best way to fix that would probably be a second function in the app that allows parents to ask questions directly to care specialists.

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Hey Omri!
Would the app be free? Because to me I think one of the biggest advantages of the app would be that anyone with a smartphone could get it- thus giving most households access to it!

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Hey Hannah!
Thanks for the comment! I was thinking that i would be free with a very minor ad presence in order to make it as accessible as possible.

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Omri, this is a great idea! Love the name. Have you thought about maybe gamifying the quizzes so it's more fun than just multiple choice? Many early education programs quiz students through games, and I think that technique would be well applied here.

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Hi Cal!

Thanks so much for the comment! I love the idea of gamifying the quizzes so it's more fun! I'm thinking about mimicking the format used by popular quiz websites like quizlet.

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Omri,

I really like the idea of going with an interactive approach and getting the parents involved by learning the material and following up with a quiz to make sure the information was retained. I also agree with Cal when seeing if the quizzes could have a little bit of flair to them, since it has been shown that colors and games do help with information retention. I really really like this overall idea!!

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Hi Erica!

Thanks so much for the comment!! I definitely agree with you and Cal about taking a more interactive approach to the lessons and quizzes. I'm thinking about using a game format that is similar to popular quiz websites such as quizlet.

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Hi Omri! Great idea!

I love the idea of using a series of lessons and quizzes to make sure the user is really absorbing all of the information what is being thrown at them. I think the hardest part of executing this idea, besides engineering the platform itself, would be to keep your users engaged in these lesson/quiz modules. Do you have any ideas on how you might keep users involved?

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Hi Stephen!

Thanks so much for the comment! As Cal and Erica suggested, I think the best way to keep users engaged in the lessons and quizzes would be to gamify them. I'm considering mimicking the game/quiz format that many quiz websites use in order to keep users interested.

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Hi Omri!

Thank you for joining the challenge. Of these user personas - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9GhoNtMknwLbTAyZUJFczlDZ0U/view - who might you design your app for? What existing sources of information could they already use or be aware of? How could the app fit into their current lifestyle?

Is there any chance you could find an image to go along with your post? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Hi Kate!

I added an image of what the app's interface could look like in order to grab people's attention and introduce the idea.

Of those user personas, I think the app is designed for the under-resourced mom and the support systems as both are in need of knowledge about caring for a child. Although there are many sources of information such as baby books and websites, the difference is in the way that the app fits into their lifestyle. Today, we are always on our phones, so it will be much easier for moms and support systems to learn using this app.