Interior Health is trying to make it a little easier for expecting mothers to get information.
The agency has launched SmartMom, a free interactive prenatal education program delivered to your phone via text messages.
The messages are timed to your stage of pregnancy, and are intended to complement prenatal advice and information provided by caregivers.
“Only 32 per cent of women in Canada attend prenatal education classes, and we know that number decreases further for those in rural and remote communities,” says Nancy Delgado, Interior Health’s SmartMom project manager. “By offering SmartMom, we’re now able to offer consistent, evidence-based prenatal education to moms-to-be across the Interior Health region.”
How does it work?
Moms-to-be receive text messages up to three times per week, with the option to choose the time and days that work best.
Messages will guide you through your pregnancy and include topics to discuss with your caregiver, information and resources on how to have a healthy pregnancy, how your baby is developing, and tips on how to manage labour and delivery. Information can also be customized to include resources about personal health concerns such as smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake, and healthy eating and weight management.
SmartMom was developed in partnership with UBC-affiliated researchers (Optimal Birth BC), the B.C. Ministry of Health, Northern Health, First Nations Health Authority, and in consultation with pregnant women, new mothers, clinicians, and public health practitioners. All information is current and has been developed from published peer-reviewed research, and is endorsed by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Text messages are intended for women having uncomplicated pregnancies. SmartMom is intended to complement prenatal advice and information provided by caregivers, not to replace it.
How do I enrol?
You can enrol with SmartMom online or via text message.
“Text “Interior” to 12323
“Reply “Yes” to enrol
“View the Terms of Consent or call the toll-free number. Reply “Accept”
“Enter gestational age
SmartMom Canada website:
“Click “Enrol Now” in the top right of the homepage
“Create your profile