Portsmouth birthing app is hoped to go national

IDEA Gill Walton
IDEA Gill Walton
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AN IDEA to devise a mobile phone application to give birthing options to women in Portsmouth may go national.

As previously reported, the maternity department run by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust was awarded £75,000 from charity Health Foundation. The money will be used to create a smartphone and tablet application, known as an app, to give information and help on where women can give birth.

Gill Walton, director of midwifery, said: ‘This innovative application is crucial to how we develop our nurture model within the hospital.

‘The “My Birthplace” application will allow mothers to make the decision on where to have their baby. It will present the options available to mothers. After the 15-month project, we hope this can be used nationally.’

By the end of 2014 the Health Foundation will have learned much more about the different innovations, including those that have the potential to be spread more widely across the UK.