This app provides users with information about what to expect if their baby is admitted to a neonatal unit, NICU or special care unit. It contains information on routine checks and tests, feeding, equipment, common diseases, and medication. It also has information about what you can expect when your baby is born prematurely (before the due date), advice for Dads and what is needed when your baby goes home. You can also read stories of other parents’ experience and journey with their baby in the Neonatal unit. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ User is able to create individualised, personalised profiles.
✔ Provides easy access to saved personal articles and journal entries.
✔ App has a great look — easy on the eye, with a soft colour scheme and real-life pictures.
✔ Provides very useful information on a variety of topics related to the care of a baby - great starting point for families to learn about many vital topics regarding the care of their newborn.
✔ Allows a user to develop connections with others with app community features and babble news.
✘ Some of the medical terms and jargon may be difficult to understand.
✘ Minor spelling mistakes in the app are off-putting.
✘ Only provides brief information about various topics, so it is critical for caregivers to look further to expand their knowledge on certain topics that greatly impact on the care of their baby.
✘ Although the app has an easy to follow layout, a grid layout may be more useful to easily see all the options on one screen - allows the user to quickly choose a topic.
Reviewer:Alice Ao, Student nurse, University of Auckland July 2016 Comment: "This app is most useful for parents or expecting mothers and fathers. It offers access to a wide range of useful and relevant information regarding the care of a newborn baby, information about the Central DHB's neonatal unit and other interesting features such as learning about others stories. Safety concerns: "None" New Zealand relevance: "Very relevant to New Zealand — is based mainly on MidCentral DHB's neonatal unit. Note, some aspects may not necessarily be the same across all DHBs."
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