Texting Condolences: Adapting mHealth Programs After Unexpected Pregnancy and Infant Outcomes

JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Dec 8;5(12):e176. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.8303.


Mobile health (mHealth) short message system (SMS) interventions for maternal and child health (MCH) are being implemented globally. In many low- and middle-income settings in which these mHealth interventions are being rolled out, stillbirths and neonatal and infant deaths are common. It is important that mHealth solutions do not exacerbate emotional stress and pain by continuing with routine messaging for pregnancy or infant care when someone has experienced loss. In this brief viewpoint paper, we argue that SMS programs for maternal and child health need to adapt and make available messaging for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss.

Keywords: infant loss; mHealth; miscarriage.