Birth Buddy: A Midwife Maternity Assistant

AI Maternity Assistant - Ongoing Project

Overview

As the old saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." The proverb emphasizes that raising a child is a collaborative effort that involves not only parents but also the broader community. Birth Buddy will take information from the human collective, learn from your questions and input, and help guide you to the right resources for a better maternity experience.

A study conducted and recorded to the National Library of Health states, "The most commonly used information sources were midwives (91.5%), family or friends (79.3%), websites (77.9%), and apps (61%). More than 80% of women found professional information sources trustworthy and useful, while digital sources were perceived as less trustworthy and useful."

Things to Consider

  • About 140 million births occur annually, and the proportion attended by skilled health personnel has increased from 58% in 1990 to 81% in 2019.
  • The maternal mortality ratio has declined by 38% since 2000.
  • The neonatal mortality rate has declined by 49% since 2000.
  • The stillbirth rate has declined by 35% since 2000.
  • The maternal near-miss ratio is estimated to be 20 times higher than the maternal mortality ratio.
  • The maternal mortality ratio is higher in rural areas and among poorer and less educated communities.
  • Top features mothers look for are nutrition guidance, prenatal care, and wellness tips.
  • The most commonly used information sources were midwives (91.5%), family or friends (79.3%), websites (77.9%), and apps (61%).

The Problem

Women's health is a critical issue that affects the entire world and the mortality rate is still high in many countries. The World Health Organization states that "most maternal deaths are preventable, as the health-care solutions to prevent or manage complications are well known.

The Solution

An application readily available at all times to provide personalized maternity assistance and education backed by a reliable learning agent. By leveraging the power of AI, it will provide nutrition guidance, prenatal care, and wellness tips to nurture a healthy start babies; as well as a platform for mothers to connect and educate themselves.

Hypotheses

  • By providing personalized maternity assistance, we can reduce the maternal mortality rate.
  • By providing nutrition guidance, prenatal care, and wellness tips through artificial intelligence, we can nurture a healthy start for your baby.
  • By providing a platform for mothers educate themselves, we can reduce the maternal mortality, neonatal mortality, stillbirth, and maternal near-miss rates.
  • By providing a platform for mothers to educate themselves, we can reduce the maternal mortality rate in rural areas and among poorer and less educated communities.
  • By providing a platform for fathers to educate themselves, we can reduce postpartum depression and anxiety in mothers.

Initial User Onboarding and Service Process

GPT Example

And here is a live look at how a simple prompt can be used to generate an educational response from ChatGPT's GPT-3 model. Imagine the possibilities of this model being used to provide personalized maternity assistance and education.

Input / Output Examples

{
  "input": "What are the best foods to eat during pregnancy?",
  "output": "The best foods to eat during pregnancy are: Dairy products, Legumes, Sweet potatoes, Salmon, Eggs, Broccoli and dark, leafy greens, Lean meat, Fish liver oil, Berries, Whole grains, Avocados, Dried fruit, and Water."
}
{
  "input": "What are the best exercises to do during pregnancy?",
  "output": "The best exercises to do during pregnancy are: Walking, Swimming, Stationary cycling, Prenatal yoga, and Low-impact aerobics."
}
{
  "input": "What are the best vitamins to take during pregnancy?",
  "output": "The best vitamins to take during pregnancy are: Folic acid, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, DHA, and Iodine."
}
{
  "input": "What are the best foods to avoid during pregnancy?",
  "output": "The best foods to avoid during pregnancy are: High-mercury fish, Undercooked or raw fish, Undercooked, raw, and processed meat, Raw eggs, Organ meat, Caffeine, Unpasteurized milk, and Alcohol."
}

Chatbot Feature Wireframes

These are some of the initial wireframes for the application, showcasing the chatbot feature, which is the main, conversational feature of the application.

Chatbot Feature in High Fidelity

Examples in high fidelity for the chatbot feature.

Stepping Further, Socially

A project of this magnitude requires a social aspect to it. Here are some initial Instagram posts that help to promote healthy habits and wellness tips for mothers. View the full Instagram page here.

Conclusion

The Birth Buddy project is an ongoing project that aims to provide personalized maternity assistance and education backed by a reliable learning agent. By leveraging the power of AI, it will provide nutrition guidance, prenatal care, and wellness tips to nurture a healthy start for your baby. It will also provide a platform for mothers to connect and educate themselves. The project is still in its early stages, and I'm looking for collaborators and contributors to help bring this project to life. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please reach out to me.