Many of us in Family Medicine practice full scope including obstetrics. It is one of the most challenging yet rewarding aspects of primary care with unpredictable hours and significant medical legal risk. Many primary care providers perform outpatient prenatal care which can be equally rewarding. Regardless of what scope of obstetrics care you provide, pregnant patients are always looking for reliable information about their health, and that of the fetus, from the time of conception through those first few postpartum visits.
The app store is bursting with apps for pregnant patients. Which ones should we recommend? For years, the Department of Defense/Veteran’s Affairs Pregnancy Guide–the Purple Book–has been our go-to guide for patients. Every OB patient received one at their initial OB intake visit and were encouraged to bring it to each visit. The book succinctly follows an uncomplicated pregnancy practice guideline developed by DOD/VA with tons of additional material for pregnant patients. Here on iMedicalApps we have favorably reviewed the Pregnancy A to Z app as well as other patient-centered pregnancy apps including Sprout Pregnancy, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, My Prognosis Pregnancy, Ilithyia (really geared for providers but too good not to mention) and Hello Baby Pregnancy Calendar.
One of the newest apps is called Physicians and Midwives Pregnancy Passport. The app is designed by a group of providers in Northern Virginia who provide prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum care via five practices composed of OB/GYNs and Nurse Midwives. The is similar in design to Pregnancy A to Z and Sprout Pregnancy, allowing patients to create their own profiles, track visits, journaling, obstetric statistics, built in kick counter and contraction timer. In addition, the app allows patients to make appointments, contact their providers and receive reminders.
Video Review of P&M Pregnancy Passport App
Pregnancy Passport presents an abundant amount of educational content for pregnant patients in an easy to use app. The content does not contain references, but was written by a practice of obstetricians and nurse midwives in Northern Virginia. The content appears to follow nearly all of ACOG’s and nurse midwife group recommendations.
What patients/providers would benefit from the P&M Pregnancy Passport app?
Any pregnant patient, providers caring for pregnant patients including students, NP’s, PA’s, midwives, family medicine, and OB/GYN providers.
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- Robust educational content for prenatal and postpartum care covering a wide variety of topics with current, evidence-based information.
- Journal function, patient stats, appointment reminders/portal, videos, contraction timer and kick counter built in.
- Available for both iOS and Android
- Many sections of the app use small fonts and cramped text.
- Lacks some of the fancy animations compared to some of the competition.
- App geared to patients enrolled for care in Northern Virginia.
A great app for pregnant patients with a wealth of information for patients and their providers all built around a solid evidence base. Although the app is truly for patients receiving care at 5 Northern Virginia clinics, the content is so well presented and up to date, that it should be seen by all pregnant patients and providers who perform prenatal care. One app I plan to recommend to my OB patients in addition to Pregnancy A to Z.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Modern looking interface that is easy to navigate and clearly geared towards the patients who receive care from the Northern Virginia providers featured in the app, but works well for any pregnant patient. Many sections are a bit too dense with text.
- Multimedia Usage
Patient stat tracking, export capability, timers/counters, links to the provider practice/patient portal. Slick interface with pictures and videos, but still text heavy.
App is free!
- Real World Applicability
Regardless of whether or not you receive your prenatal care from the Northern Virginia clinics featured in the app, Pregnancy Passport is a wealth of information for any pregnant patient and is easily recommendable along our long standing favorite, Pregnancy A to Z.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 8 running iOS 11.0.
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