SmartMom was developed by Optimal Birth BC in partnership with the BC Ministry of Health, the Northern Health Authority, the First Nations Health Authority, and Perinatal Services BC, and in consultation with pregnant women, new parents, practicing nurses, doctors, midwives and experts in maternal and child health. The program was created in response to a request from the Northern Health Authority to provide prenatal education to pregnant parents-to-be who were not able to attend prenatal education classes.
Optimal Birth BC is a program funded by CIHR and BC Children's Hospital Research Institute in Vancouver, BC, and comprises a multidisciplinary team of nurses, midwives, family practice physicians, obstetricians, pediatricians, psychologists, educators, policy planners and researchers. Optimal Birth BC works with health authorities across the province to optimize practices for improved maternity care.
Canadian technology company, MEMOTEXT, helped us build the tools to deliver SmartMom.
We are grateful for the generous support of SmartMom funders: The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and The Alva Foundation. SmartMom is endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).