Many other providers in primary care and OB/GYN may only provide outpatient prenatal care which is equally rewarding with a somewhat more predictable lifestyle. Regardless, one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of women’s health is the care that occurs (or should occur) prior to conception. This preconception care is not well taught in medical school or residency. Unfortunately, many women are not properly counseled about what they could do to prepare for pregnancy until they show up for their 1st prenatal visit usually at 8-10 weeks of gestation — well after most organogenesis has occurred.
There are many resources available for preconception care, but none in app form until now. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published practice bulletins on the subject and review articles from various journals are also available. There is even a fabulous National Curriculum on Preconception Care available for free. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a number of excellent and free medical apps available on a wide variety of topics. We recently surveyed their offerings here on iMedicalApps. Preconception Care is one of their newest medical apps, released in the fall of 2015. The purpose of the pregnancy app is to provide primary care providers and patients with valid, up to date information to integrate preconception care into practice to optimize care.
You are seeing a 22 year-old G1P1 who is interested in having another child. Her last pregnancy was complicated by gestational diabetes. She drinks occasionally especially on weekends, has a history of allergy and asthma for which she takes several medications. Her family history is significant for a brother with Down’s Syndrome. She is not taking a prenatal vitamin. Her husband smokes. How would you counsel this patient regarding preparing for conception?
Evidence based medicine
The medical app contains information from many different sources including the VA, CDC, ACOG and most sections with up to date references. Many resources are located off-app at external sites, but all links appear to work and most data appears current.
What providers would benefit from this Medical App?
Students, residents, nurses, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Midwives, OB/GYN and any provider who performs preconception counseling/care.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
- Contains up to date, evidence-based information for providers and patients.
- Numerous resources for providers and patients.
- Wide range of topics covered from reproductive life plans to preconception vaccinations.
- Available for Android.
- Transitions and scrolling rough at times and some links not mobile friendly.
- Most resources located off-app on external websites.
- Minimal information about app developers; some sections lack references.
The Preconception Care app is a medical app that fills a need for both the iOS and Android app stores regarding preconception counseling and care of child-bearing age women. The pregnancy app has an abundant number of resources designed for both provider and patient to ensure these women are well cared for by their primary care providers.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Easy to use interface with well-thought out sections for key material. App design is simple, but gets the job done.
- Multimedia Usage
Contains many links to off-app sites for both patients and providers and a number of helpful charts and graphics for use at the point of care.
App is free!
- Real World Applicability
A medical app that all providers who care for women of childbearing age should consider adding to their device.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.1
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