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Canadian University Develops New Program To Help Educate Expectant Moms

  • February 2015

by Jennifer Corter, Apr. 27, 2014

In this ever-changing world of technology, it is amazing how quickly things change. For example, for a while now, when women were pregnant, they had the option of attending classes focused on prenatal education over the course of their pregnancies. But unfortunately, not everyone can attend these classes due to prior commitments, medical reasons or a variety of other reasons. They would end up missing out on these important educational experiences. But researchers at the University of British Columbia are aiming to change that through the use of educational text messages for these women.

The SmartMom Canada program was created to meet the needs in British Columbia’s northern health region. Researchers’ aim is to have women in that area try out the program, along with women in the Fraser Valley Health region. Patti Janssen, professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health is spearheading the initiative, along with the university’s Child and Family Research Institute.


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