Information for Participants

Positively Pregnant:  Evaluation and Refinement of a mobile phone app


Pregnancy is a time of change—physical, social, financial, psychological.  Many important parts of life are changing, all at the same time.  These changes can be exciting and joyful, but also challenging and stressful.

We have been working to develop a mobile phone app called “Positively Pregnant” to help pregnant women to manage the challenges and changes of pregnancy and use this time to reflect on strengths, supports, stresses, and strategies—what works for you to thrive and cope with whatever life brings?  If you participate in this research, you will receive a copy of the mobile phone app that you can try out for the rest of your pregnancy (and beyond, if you want), and we will ask you to give us feedback about the app, and about your health behaviours and levels of stress and distress over the next few months, until your baby is one month old.

The purpose of this project is to try out and evaluate Positively Pregnant, to see how helpful it is, and what suggestions people have to make it better. Positively Pregnant has four different types of modules in it; there are some (called “Know Yourself”) that help you to take inventory and assess yourself, some (called “Conversations”) that provide suggestions for things you and your partner or support person could talk and think about in preparation for parenting, activities (called “Do Something”) that are things you can to relax and to manage stress and improve wellbeing, and some information (called “Find Out”) about the social and emotional side of becoming a mother.  If you’re in the study, you can look through the app and use anything you think you would find helpful.  You aren’t required to do any particular part.

We will ask for your input in three ways.

  • First, the app will collect information on what modules you use and what you enter into the app. This information will be linked to a unique ID the app creates; you won’t put your name into the app.
  • Second, we will ask you to fill out some questionnaires online (you can do it on your phone or a computer) before you start using the app, and at three points after that (when you are about 24 weeks pregnant, 36 weeks pregnant, and a month after the baby is born).  They will ask about how you are feeling, your health behaviours, your feedback on the app, and (in the last one) you experience of birth and early parenting. Each survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Third, after you’ve been using the app at least a month or so, we will invite you to a focus group to give us feedback and suggestions on the app.  A focus group is a small group discussion with several other women who are also pregnant and using the app.  We will take notes and use the ideas to help improve the app.

Your feedback will all be anonymous, you don’t need to answer any question you prefer not to, and you can withdraw at any time.

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Waikato School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a participant in this research study, you can contact the chair of that committee, Rebecca Sargisson (

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  The leader of this project is Carrie Barber, phone number 07 837 9221; e-mail address

Thank you for your interest in finding out about this project!