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A preliminary study on the acceptability of a brief SMS program for perinatal women.

  • Author(s): Barrera, Alinne Z;
  • Aguilera, Adrian;
  • Inlow, Nicole;
  • Servin, Joanna
  • et al.

This study examined the acceptability of the BabyText program, a Spanish and English textmessaging program adapted from a prevention of postpartum depression group intervention. Ten ethnically and racially diverse pregnant and postpartum women (mean age = 31.3, standard deviation = 5.25) recruited from a metropolitan, urban area of the United States received the BabyText program over a 69-day period (between October 2015 and April 2016). Each tip was assessed for the helpfulness of the content, and all women were invited to provide qualitative feedback about the program. Eighteen of the tips received a positive endorsement of helpfulness from 75 to 100 percent of the women, 12 tips received a positive endorsement of helpfulness from 50 percent of the women, and one tip was rated negatively by those who responded. Qualitative feedback described the need to personalize the tips to reflect the characteristics of women such as planned/unplanned pregnancy status, available economic resources, and current psychological distress. Women in this study favored tips that described stress management skills and emphasized caring for the self (vs only the baby). Data from this study are preliminary but add to the growing sentiment that digital tools should continue to be developed and tested, and personalization of intervention content is important to users.

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