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MomConnect Mobile Pregnancy Registration

MomConnect Mobile Pregnancy Registration – a Department of Health initiative. It uses mobile technology to register all pregnancies across South Africa. Momconnect gives expectant women access to important pregnancy information on their cellphones. This technology allows pregnancies to be registered on a central database which allows Community healthcare workers access to vital information, prior to clinic visits by expectant mothers. These visits are essential in making sure the mother and baby are healthy throughout the pregnancy.

Once registered on MomConnect, each mother is sent stage-based messages to support her and her baby. The application can also provide feedback to the health system so that the individual needs of pregnant women can be met. Targeted health promotion messages are sent to pregnant women to improve their health and that of their infants. The platform also provides pregnant women with an interactive mechanism to feed back on the service they have received.

MomConnect has increased clinic visits from four to eight. Pregnant mothers should visit clinics during these periods:

Before week 14
Week 20
Week 26
Week 30
Week 34
Week 36
Week 38
Week 40
These visits are highly effective in ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

MomConnect – How to Register:

Registration will take place at a facility where pregnant women are attending for the first time (nearest hospital, clinic or professional medical facility).
By the women themselves using their own phone with the support of the health worker.
Alternatively by the health worker on her own cell phone or one belonging to the clinic.
It is free to register and get messages which are available in all 11 official languages.
By phoning the number *134*550*2# which is free to the user.
If neither of these are possible, because there is no connectivity or there are no phones, there is a paper registration that later will be captured.
Pre-registration can be done outside of the facility by pregnant women or community health workers by phoning *134*550# or *134*550*3# respectively.

Messaging Services:
Once the pregnant woman is registered, she will get regular messages appropriate to the stage of her pregnancy and/or the age of her baby.
These messages will be in the form of reminders of what to do.
The expectant mother will receive useful and interesting information which will help her to take better care of herself and her baby.

For more information go to:

www.health.gov.za/index.php/intro

MomConnect Mobile Pregnancy Registration - Department of Health
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