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All first-time mothers in Sweden are offered parental support, but local conditions mean that not everyone gets the opportunity to take part in this. Studies show that there is a lack of evidence-based guidelines for the design of parental support in maternal health care. Early labour or latent phase of labour is the part of childbirth were women often feel insecure, in stress and left out from care. First-time mothers who have no experience of one labour before are particularly vulnerable. Many women today use digital applications during pregnancy and in connection with childbirth. There are several digital applications that will help the woman by guiding her and her partner in different decisions about labour, but it is necessary to offer evidence-based, credible electronic and digital solutions for expectant parents. A meta-synthesis from 2018 showed that women use the internet often and the information they receive there has a great influence on their different choices in connection with childbirth. Volume, accessibility, and convenience about digital solutions play a crucial role for women and partners. The digital application Contraction Coper is designed and tested by the company Birth By Heart © in order to facilitate in early labour for the pregnant woman and her partner. The overall purpose of the project is to evaluate whether the application Contraction Coper can contribute to reduced anxiety and stress during pregnancy and childbirth and whether an additional support from a midwife can increase the application use and satisfaction of women when using the application. A randomized controlled trial is planned where first-time mothers after pregnancy week 25 are invited to participation via social platforms. Participating first-time mothers are randomly assigned to one of three groups; experiment group one, which gets access to the application Contraction Coper, experiment group two Contraction Coper Plus which gets access to both the application and support of midwives, so-called "blended" care, or three, the control group offered customary maternity care only. Data collection is conducted using questionnaires, mobile application and activity bracelet.


Clinical Trial Description

The primary outcome is emotional stress in early labour measured with the dimension "Emotional Distress" in the questionnaire Early Labour Experience Questionnaire (ELEQ) Secondary outcomes are Fear of Birth Scale(FOBS), Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ), used pain relief methods during labour and birth, mode of birth, amount of time used in the application as well as heart rate, sleep and activity for the experimental groups that had activity bracelets in addition. ;


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NCT number NCT05122390
Study type Interventional
Source Värmland County Council, Sweden
Contact Karin Ängeby, PhD
Phone +46703579767
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 15, 2022
Completion date June 15, 2023

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