Pregnancy Companion Provides Mobile Tips for Expectant Women

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2013-06-21 Email Print this article Print

Two Silicon Valley doctors, Dr. Jan Rydfors and Dr. Aron Schuftan, have designed a mobile app called Pregnancy Companion to show through 3D animated videos what women can expect at different stages of their pregnancy. Rydfors and Schuftan released the app with technology entrepreneur Denise Terry, CEO of the app's developer, OB-on-the-Go. "We've helped thousands of pregnant moms through our OB practice, but wanted to provide expert tools and support to millions of moms everywhere, so we built our Pregnancy Companion app to allow women to access pregnancy information from anywhere via their mobile device," Schuftan said in a statement. Available for Android and iOS, the mobile app includes tools such as an appointment keeper and hydration tracker as well as answers to questions on the minds of mothers, including what to buy for a newborn, what to pack in a hospital bag and creating a birth plan. A premium version costs $4.99 and includes a hydration tracker, kick counter, nutrition guide, weight tracker, appointment keeper and a contraction timer. In addition, an Ask the Docs feature lets users message their ob-gyns. Women can also track their baby's growth against the due date. OB-on-the-Go plans to release similar apps called Pediatrician on the Go, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Companion, and Fertility Companion. Here eWEEK takes a look at how Pregnancy Companion helps families count the days to a baby's delivery.

  • Pregnancy Companion Provides Mobile Tips for Expectant Women

    by Brian T. Horowitz
    1 - Pregnancy Companion Provides Mobile Tips for Expectant Women
  • The Journey to Birth

    Developed by OB-on-the-Go, Pregnancy Companion provides a step-by-step guide to a baby's arrival. It incorporates advice from ob-gyns and allows expectant mothers to input data on appointments, weight and the number of kicks.
    2 - The Journey to Birth
  • Staying Hydrated for the Baby

    Pregnancy Companion's Hydration Counter allows users to tap the touch-screen of an Android or iOS device to record the number of glasses for daily fluid intake. Women need to drink enough for both themselves and the baby.
    3 - Staying Hydrated for the Baby
  • Counting the Days

    The Status screen of the Pregnancy App allows users to track the weeks and days until the baby's arrival. It also indicates if the expectant mother has an appointment scheduled.
    4 - Counting the Days
  • Tracking Appointments

    The app enables expectant mothers to record appointments throughout a pregnancy, including a trip to the ob-gyn.
    5 - Tracking Appointments
  • A Guide to Meds

    Pregnancy Companion allows women to research the safety of various medications and find out about their intended use. The animated patient gives a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, depending on the safety of the drug. A word balloon shows the character indicating "Safe," "Unsafe" or "Call Your Doctor" if a drug's safety is unclear and may depend on other health factors.
    6 - A Guide to Meds
  • A Mobile Checklist for Baby Preparation

    Checklists are helpful tools to prepare for a major life event such as having a child. Pregnancy Companion provides reminders for tasks such as taking prenatal classes and deciding on cloth or disposable diapers.
    7 - A Mobile Checklist for Baby Preparation
  • Keeping Track of Essential Items

    When you're expecting a baby, there's a lot to keep track of, including whether someone is on call to help with the newborn and whether the baby will have a room in the house to sleep.
    8 - Keeping Track of Essential Items
  • Mobile Messaging With the Docs

    Pregnancy Companion allows users to send questions to the apps' creators, Dr. Aaron Schuftan and Dr. Jan Rydfors. Questions are organized in categories such as "general pregnancy."
    9 - Mobile Messaging With the Docs
  • Ask the Docs Integrates Q&A

    Expectant mothers submit questions through the app and get an answer via private email. Some inquiries and responses then appear in the public Q&As within the app.
    10 -Ask the Docs Integrates Q&A
  • Watching the Contractions

    The contractions screen in the app allows women to record the average duration and intervals of contractions. They can also view a summary of past data on contractions.
    11 - Watching the Contractions
  • Tracking the Baby's Length

    The Your Baby & Your Body section provides a guide to how long a baby measures at various stages of gestation. Users can view instructional videos and share the status of the fetus on Twitter or Facebook.
    12 - Tracking the Baby's Length
  • Researching Pregnancy Topics

    The app provides a topics section where expectant mothers can find out about different aspects of pregnancy as well as medical treatments. An illustration accompanies the descriptions of topics such as tubal pregnancy, in which an egg attaches somewhere else besides the uterus—usually the fallopian tubes, according to WebMD. Other topics include breech births and fetal hiccups, which occur when a baby's diaphragm muscle contracts.
    13 - Researching Pregnancy Topics

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