Tapuaki app

An app created by the National Institute for Health Innovation IT, to provide women, especially Pacific women, with information about pregnancy and motherhood.

Tapuaki Basic features

  • No in-app advertising
  • No internet needed
  • Data cannot be exported
  • No social networking
  • No app community
*This app is awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews, contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz

What does the app do?

The app provides useful information about antenatal care, self care and care of the infant, including mother and baby weekly milestones, midwife locations, and word lists to help understand the terminology around pregnancy. The app is divided into 6 sections:

  • About me (user creates a personal profile)
  • Translations (lists of commonly used words relating to pregnancy in 8 languages)
  • Pregnancy (mother and baby weekly milestones and health tips)
  • Parenting (tips around various aspects of parenting such as breastfeeding, safe sleeping around baby, immunisations, etc)
  • Services (directory of services and contact links to various organisations to assist during and after pregnancy)
  • Word List (glossary that provides an easy to understand explanation of complex medical terms). 

For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android). 

Pros    ✔   Cons ✘   
  • The app is visually appealing with colourful, vibrant, culturally-appropriate images.
  • The mother and baby weekly milestones is a great interactive feature — very informative and easy to read, with a useful accompanying graphic. 
  • Has useful links to services and the page giving translations to some common words may be helpful. 
  • The Bounty advertising, that takes up quite a bit of page space, is a bit off putting.
  • The Tapuaki website has a translation feature in which all the information on the webpage can be translated to a pacific language of the users choice (8 language options). This feature would be useful in the app as well. Currently the translation feature in the app is a word list or dictionary of commonly used terms, and not a complete translation of all the pages.
  • In some sections the Tapuaki app lacks more comprehensive, detailed information that is found on the Tapuaki website such as what is a lead maternity carer, nausea during pregnancy, vaccinations during pregnancy. In such instances it would be useful to the user if the app linked to the website.
Date of this review: December 2016

Related resources

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