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Elsie commented on Mommy Monitor

Hi Bettina---I can definitely answer that question for you! Just to clarify the "assistant" is a patient navigator that we call a Maternal Mentor--this is a lay woman that is trained using the curriculum we have developed, with emphasis on education concerning cultural sensitivity, prenatal/postnatal education, Indigenous Doula training, and mental health training. This Maternal Mentor will work in conjunction with the app, by assisting in case management and connecting the mothers with "care packages" that consist of programs and services that can be accessed that will enhance the pregnancy experience and outcomes of the women. The doctors would receive the information by requesting it (then they could receive the cultural competency analysis (3-4 top points about the patient culturally they should be aware of) or any other data of relevance). The Maternal Mentors also act as peer mentors, and support the women with bi-weekly or weekly phone calls or in person meetings or texts (whatever they are comfortable with) to educate and support the women they work with. What is very important is the woman have the opportunity to choose their maternal mentors after registration, so that they can be women of similar cultural backgrounds or generally women they would feel more comfortable with. If you would like more information or have any other questions, you can email me at Elsie@mommymonitor.ca. Thanks!