Visualization of contractions: Evaluation of a new experience design concept to enhance the childbirth experience

Kirsten M.J. Thijssen (Corresponding author), Jeanine J.M. Kierkels, Andrea van Meurs, Corine J. Verhoeven, M. Beatrijs van der Hout-van der Jagt, S. Guid Oei

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BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an innovative design proposition intended to help enhance the childbirth experience. The innovation consists of a smartphone application for birth preparation during pregnancy with information and coaching, in addition to a wall projection at the labor ward that visualizes the progress of labor based on uterine monitoring data.

METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled clinical pilot study. Singleton pregnant people pursuing a vaginal birth were recruited between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation and allocated to the intervention group (mobile application during the third trimester and wall projection at the labor ward) or to care as usual. Childbirth expectations and experiences were measured with validated questionnaires, which were completed at 32 and 36 weeks of gestation, immediately after birth, and at 4 weeks postpartum. Quantitative outcomes were analyzed and feedback about the proposition was evaluated using qualitative methods.

RESULTS: The qualitative feedback from patients was largely positive; however, we could not detect any significant differences between the intervention and control groups about fear of childbirth and other outcome measures.

CONCLUSION: In this pilot study, we evaluated a new experience design proposition for pregnancy and childbirth. This study generated data that will help to further improve and evaluate similar innovations in the future. This application may facilitate participatory care, promoting active involvement of parents in the healthcare processes of pregnancy and childbirth.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1025-1033
Aantal pagina's9
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusGepubliceerd - dec. 2023


This research was carried out within the e/MTIC collaboration. The study was partially funded by Philips. The prototype system was installed and loaned by Philips for the duration of the study. The Máxima Medical Centre and referring midwife practices: Kinderrijk, Puur, De Boreling, Gestel-Strijp, Ortus, Groepspraktijk Verloskundigen Veldhoven, Tongelre, In de Kempen, Annemoon, Vivre't Noorden, de Bron. Hans Weda supported this study by means of statistical advice.

Maxima Medical Centre
Koninklijke Philips N.V.


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