A new App created by beyondblue and Smiling Mind to help manage the stress of pregnancy and reduce the risk of developing postnatal depression was launched to coincide with Postnatal Depression Awareness Week in November 2014.
Mind the Bump is free, clinically-based and the first mental health-related pregnancy App in the world to cover both the ante and postnatal period while featuring Mindfulness Meditation.
Users listen to Mindfulness Meditations that directly address the different stages of the pregnancy and the postnatal period to reflect changing emotional needs, from first stages of pregnancy through to when the child is 24 months old.
The App is designed to support not only new and expectant mothers, but new fathers and partners too.
beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said Mind the Bump, which was released in the App Store and on Google Play on November 16, has the potential to transform lives through its accessibility and ease of use.
“At least one in seven women will experience postnatal depression and up to one in 10 will experience it during pregnancy,” she said.
“Anxiety conditions are thought to be at least as common as depression during this time and pregnancy can often lead to feelings of uncertainty and fear. But with Mind the Bump, new and expectant parents need only a few minutes to listen to the guided meditations on their smartphones to help ease stress, clear the mind and reduce the risk of developing depression or anxiety.”
To download the free Mind the Bump App, visit the App Store, Google Play, or www.mindthebump.org.au. For more information on the app, read the full media release.