The duration of hospital stays after giving birth has been reduced during the past 10-20 years. The challenge is to make sure that the observation and support of mother and child, which previously took place during the admission, is continuously ensured after an ambulatory birth or early discharge.The project was to study if telemedicine may be a possible solution when mother and child are discharged shortly after birth.
By means of the research design participatory design, the project was to study how the new families could be supported in the best way when going home shortly after birth.
The first phase of the project emphasized the need for a personalized postnatal course after the discharge from hospital, where families could easily contact the health services.
The PhD project was the beginning of the successful app My Hospital, which was launched at the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Svendborg during the course of the PhD project.
The app satisfies the needs of the families because the families are given personalized information and counselling, and the app provides easy contact with the health services. The project showed that peace of mind in the period after ambulatory childbirth may potentially be ensured by means of health technology.
Dorthe Boe Danbjørg Jane Clemensen
FUNDING AND PARTNERS
The Novo Nordisk Foundation and Danish Nurses Organization contributed to the project.