A new maternity app has launched on the Isle of Wight which offers women online access to their maternity records.
Pregnant women are now invited to download the Badger Notes app on their smartphone, tablet device, or PC to access their personalised care plan, information about all aspects of their pregnancy and to receive appointment reminders.
There is also an option to keep a diary, upload photos and communicate with their midwife about non-urgent queries throughout their pregnancy journey.
Midwives at St. Mary’s Hospital are excited about the BadgerNet system and how it will improve the quality of care given to mums; making it easier for women to access the information they need and enabling them to be more involved in all aspects of their health care.
Yvonne Harris, Digital Project Midwife said:
“This has been an ongoing project with local maternity services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to deliver better care for women and their families.
“We are really excited to launch Badger Notes. It will enable pregnant women to be more involved in their care, providing information and support in a timely way throughout their maternity journey and making it easier for them to have contact with their midwife. It will also allow our maternity team to focus on delivering efficient and timely care.
“For women who already have the traditional “pink” pregnancy notes, they will continue to use these until they are admitted to hospital. They will then be set up with digital notes once discharged home.”
Amanda Pearson, Director of Midwifery at St. Mary’s Hospital, said:
“This is a really positive step forward, both for our maternity service and for women starting their pregnancy journey.
“Moving to digital notes will improve all aspects of care. Women will be able to fully engage and participate in the management of their pregnancy as well as enabling healthcare professionals to provide optimal care and support.”