bump2bump: Designing and Evaluating Technology to Promote Maternal Wellbeing in the Transition to Motherhood
The notion of wellbeing is synonymous with feeling competent, supported and satisfied with one’s life. Understanding how to sustain one’s own wellbeing is important at times of significant life change. The transition to motherhood is characterised by major emotional and physiological changes, which can impact on maternal subjective wellbeing and affect pregnancy outcomes. While human computer interaction has begun to address some of the challenges in the prevention and treatment of affective disorders in vulnerable perinatal groups, approaches that promote holistic maternal wellbeing in the low-risk majority have received less attention.
So, I did Google quite a lot, and so I guess I was kind of exposed to quite a lot of pregnancy related internet. Most of which is really stupid.
– Participant 1
My doctoral work at UCL focused on the role of technology to support maternal wellbeing in the transition to new motherhood. Conducted under the supervision of Prof Ann Blandford (UCLIC) and Prof Elizabeth Murray (UCL eHealth Unit), my research drew upon the multidisciplinary legacy of digital intervention development, utilising best practice from behavioural science and human computer interaction to develop and evaluate bump2bump, a digital resource for pregnant women and new mothers. I utilised a variety of methods, including textual narrative synthesis, in-depth qualitative interviews, design workshops and a longitudinal, in-the-wild mixed methods evaluation supported by ecological momentary assessment methods. My thesis was accepted in November 2019 with no corrections.
Bringing together the disciplines of behavioural science and human computer interaction in the sensitive context of first-time motherhood was highly challenging and required close cooperation between individuals drawn from the fields of design, software development, user experience, parenting education and maternity services. The work was fiercely committed to understanding and addressing the needs of the target user and input from over 30 pregnant women and new mums was integral to the work.
This work contributes knowledge to the conceptualisation of maternal wellbeing, the ‘systematisation of creativity’ through interdisciplinary research, user engagement and ecological momentary assessment technologies, including:
Publications and presentations
Newhouse, N. (2016). Online support and new power: the bump2bump study. 2nd UCL CBC Digital Health Conference. (Oral presentation)
Newhouse, N. (2016). bump2bump. Online Peer Support in First-Time Pregnancy. CHI’16, San Jose, CA, USA. (Doctoral Consortium)
Newhouse, N., & Blandford, A. (2016). ‘My Facebook is a bit of a multiple personality at the minute’: Social Media and the Transition to New Motherhood. NordiCHI ’16, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Workshop)
Newhouse, N., & Blandford, A. (2017). Becoming Mother: Designing Online Resources That Support and Empower. CHI’17, Denver, CO, USA. (Workshop)
Singh, A, Newhouse, N., Gibbs, J., Blandford, A., Chen, Y., Briggs, P., Mentis, H., Sellen. K., & Bardram, J. (2017). HCI and Health: learning from interdisciplinary interactions. CHI’17, San Jose, CA, USA. (SIG)
Blandford, A., Gibbs, J., Newhouse, N., Perski, O., Singh, A., & Murray, E. (2018). Seven lessons for interdisciplinary research on interactive digital health interventions. Digital Health, 4, 1–13.
Newhouse, N. & Blandford, A. (2019). “Having come through the other side, I’m not sure anything would have prepared me for what’s happened”: the role of technology in supporting the perinatal journey. CHI’19, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. (Workshop)
Prabhakar, A. S., Newhouse, N., Simpson, E., Mburu, C. W., Ahmed, N., & Chen, Y. (2019). MatHealthXB: Designing Across Borders for Global Maternal Health. CHI’19, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. (SIG)
Newhouse, N., Blandford, A., & Murray, E. (2019). bump2bump: A digital resource to support maternal wellbeing in low-risk, first-time pregnancy. 5th UCL CBC Change Digital Health Conference. (Poster presentation)