There are two stages in postpartum depression: baby blues and postpartum depression. Baby blues is common for mothers after giving birth and lasts up to two weeks. If the depression persists for a certain amount of time, it is then considered postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can be helped with therapy, but if left untreated, the depression can go on for years. Postpartum depression can lead and to child neglect with symptoms like thoughts of harming yourself or your child and difficulty bonding with your child. Up to one in seven women experience postpartum depression in the United States every year.
Moment targets young single moms who are going through postpartum depression. It is an app with wearable technology that focuses on the emotional well being of both child and mother. A personalized smart bracelet is worn by both mother and child to measure heart rate. Both the mother and child’s bracelets sync to the app on the mother’s phone when in a certain proximity of each other. If both pulses rise to a dangerous level of BPM, an alert is sent to mother. The app tracks the incident and asks the mother if the incident falls within certain categories. The mother makes a voice recording of the incident, then the app provides the mother with tips and suggestions to help the mother in the given situation. The impact I am aiming for is to help new mothers be more aware of their actions and have them pause before things get dangerous.