UCSC and UCSF to Develop a Game to Train Birth Partners and Nursing Students on Childbirth and Labor

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

By Sri Kurniawan

Prepared Partner, the game to train partners to support mothers in labor.

Childbirth is one of the most important life-changing experiences for the mother, father and family involved. Childbirth education can reduce anxiety among expectant parents, help with pain management during childbirth and reduce the risks of postpartum depression. However, young parents, those living in poverty, and racial or ethnic minority populations are most likely to go through childbirth without prior prenatal education; these groups have a disproportionately high risk for sub-optimal perinatal outcomes. Similarly, many nursing students do not receive training in non-medical labor interventions prior to their work in a maternity clinical rotation. Sri Kurniawan, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Megan Moodie, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCSC together with Jenna Shaw-Battista, Assistant Clinical Professor and Assistant Director of Midwifery Education at UCSF were recently awarded a CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) grant and featured in the CITRIS newsletter for their work on developing a serious game for teaching underserved birth partners and nursing midwifery students about supporting mothers in labor.

For more information or for press release, contact Sri Kurniawan or Alexandra Holloway.