'Mommy Monitor, the smartphone app asks pregnant women and new mothers to record key data about their lives – sleep, diet, exercise – and uses a specially designed algorithm to spot problematic patterns. The app also connects users to patient navigators – employees who are equipped to answer questions, offer guidance and refer users to a physician, if necessary.'
'Mommy Monitor seeks to be a “culturally competent” health technology. The goal is to build a diverse team of assistants who can act as bridge between the app’s users and their doctors, who may not be educated in different cultural practices surrounding child birth.'
'“We would like to develop this as a certificate program,” says Amoako. “The [assistants] will be trained with the doula method in addition to maternal health and patient navigation skills, as well as some stuff around mental health because of postpartum depression.”'
Studies show immigrant women in particular tend to have more difficulty navigating Canada’s health-care system and often don’t have access to the support networks available to women born in Canada.'
Source: University of Toronto