12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare – Demos, Posters, Doctoral Colloquium

Research Article

Designing Social Support Enabling Mobile Application for New Mothers

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.20-4-2018.2277755,
        author={Annu Sible Prabhakar and Anup Bharadwaj and Sujith Shivaprakash and Xiao Liang and Katie Siek and Kay Connelly},
        title={Designing Social Support Enabling Mobile Application for New Mothers},
        proceedings={12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare -- Demos, Posters, Doctoral Colloquium},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH - EAI},
        year={2018},
        month={8},
        keywords={mothers social support ppd android app mobile app digital motherhood motherhood maternal health  mom's circle},
        doi={10.4108/eai.20-4-2018.2277755}
    }
    
  • Annu Sible Prabhakar
    Anup Bharadwaj
    Sujith Shivaprakash
    Xiao Liang
    Katie Siek
    Kay Connelly
    Year: 2018
    Designing Social Support Enabling Mobile Application for New Mothers
    PERVASIVEHEALTH - EAI
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-4-2018.2277755
Annu Sible Prabhakar1,*, Anup Bharadwaj1, Sujith Shivaprakash1, Xiao Liang1, Katie Siek1, Kay Connelly1
  • 1: Indiana University
*Contact email: asprabha@indiana.edu

Abstract

Social support plays an important role in the well-being of new mothers and their infants. Lack of social support is a risk factor for postpartum depression (PPD) in new mothers. The long term goal of our research is to design and develop a socio-technical system to facilitate social support for new mothers. To this end, we identified common needs of new mothers using semi-structured interviews and discussions in closed Facebook groups consisting of new mothers. Informed by the identified needs, we designed and developed the prototype of a mobile application called Mom's Circle, in which a new mom can enroll a community of helpers who agree to help her with common instrumental needs. In this paper, we discuss key findings from the needs assessment study, an overview of Mom's Circle App and results from the initial field deployment of Mom's Circle.