Newsplex - Martha Jefferson HealthWise - Headlines

Healthwise: Parenting Phone Applications

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 20, 2011

Suzanne Wentworth, a nurse at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and her nursing students have been testing out new parenting applications on their smart phones. The students have researched a dozen applications to find out what they offer and how they can make caring for a new baby easier.

"There are ones that are interactive, document feedings or when your baby is going to the bathroom, or even ones that are educational," explained Katherine Corradini, a nursing student. Having a parenting application has other advantages as well, it can help parents to save money.

"If you've already invested in the smart phone or the touch, a lot of the apps are free. If you're going to take a child birth class and the book is $25, you could download an app," said Suzanne Wentworth. The phone makes information more accessible and saves parents shelf space.

"You can have multiple applications and they don't take up any more space," said Kelly Allen, a nursing student.

Wentworth says that parents will be more likely to look up information if it is right there in their phone. She adds the applications should not be considered a substitute for medical care or parenting classes.

"You never can replace being in front of a group, and seeing firsthand how to bathe a baby," said Wentworth. "The one-on-one is what makes a difference, but I think that [apps] could supplement."


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 120325159 - newsplex.com/a?a=120325159