A CHUV maternity ward team has launched Datamama, the first pregnancy tracking application that informs pregnant women and generates new data for researchers. A version in the other national languages is foreseen.
Through Datamama, participants feed a research log by answering short questionnaires sent directly to the application. Not only is the method innovative, but the information gathered takes into account factors rarely considered in studies: diet, sleep, physical activity or living environment, the Lausanne researchers told Keystone-ATS.
Furthermore, users are offered reliable information, adapted to Swiss recommendations. It is written by health professionals on various topics of pregnancy and postpartum (symptoms and diseases, pregnancy exams, physical activity and diet, mental health, childbirth, breastfeeding, etc.).
Finally, participants have access to a smart pregnancy diary. Remind them of the date of their various appointments and pregnancy exams depending on their term.
Forgotten tall women
At the origin of Datamama, professors Alice Panchaud, pharmacist specializing in the study of drugs in pregnancy, and David Baud, head of the obstetrics department of the CHUV, in collaboration with the HEIG-VD. They started from the observation that with 4% of global funding, the share of research dedicated to women remained considerably lower than that dedicated to men.
According to them, an application like Datamama can help overcome the resulting lack of information and answer the many unanswered questions in this area.
Since July, Datarama has been dumped by more than 200 women. A version in the various national languages should soon be available and allow it to become the reference application for pregnancy and research in Switzerland.
The project was validated by the Ethics Commission of the Canton of Vaud. Users sign the electronic consent upon registration. The data is collected anonymously and stored on the secure servers of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
This data can be used by maternity researchers to conduct new studies. For example, on the factors that influence sleep quality during pregnancy, weight gain, psychological well-being and many other issues at the heart of patients’ concerns.