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Mommy Monitor Project

Promoting a responsive maternal health care approach that is not one size fits all

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Research continues to show that immigrant women from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America continue to experience poorer birth outcomes, compared to non-immigrant women living in Canada (Urquia et al 2009). Studies have shown that these negative outcomes are reduced and their experience during pregnancy becomes enhanced when prenatal care integrates with cultural competency, to create a shared model of decision making between the pregnant woman and the health care system. In addition to, increased monitoring, enhanced surveillance and culturally sensitive care for the health burden to be reduced. As a method of achieving this the health mobile application called the “Mommy Monitor” is being developed. This would be used by pregnant immigrant women from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America living in Canada, to enhance surveillance, increase monitoring, provide access to social networking between these women, in addition to delivering a guideline for health care professionals to help them implement culturally sensitive healthcare.