New app cuts hospital visits for pregnant women

Rose’s story

Rose McGarty said the app was reassuring to know that she was being closely watched by her clinicians during her recent pregnancy.

Rose (39), from Cheshire, suffers from nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease that can lead to additional complications such as high blood pressure. Her condition meant that she was at risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy and therefore needed specialist care and monitoring at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Using the MyMaternity app, Rose was able to monitor her blood pressure at home and send the results directly to the care team.

Rose, who gave birth to baby Arlo in July, said: “It was so reassuring to be able to record my blood pressure readings in the app and get advice directly from the app itself or from the app. ‘Saint Mary’s team.

“During the pandemic, it was very helpful to have this extra bond and contact with the team, especially since being pregnant and my other health issues put me at high risk for COVID. Having the app available meant I could be monitored at home and didn’t have to worry about going to the hospital unless it was needed or for a CT scan.

“I always knew I could call the team if I needed to, but taking blood pressure myself at home became part of my pregnancy routine and reassured me that I was doing what I needed. ‘it needed for me and my baby.

“I cannot thank the dedicated team at Saint Mary’s enough, especially the Manchester Antenatal Vascular Service (MAViS), for the care they gave me during my pregnancies. I now have my two miracle babies.”

Rose, who is also a mom to 5-year-old Ruby, was especially happy to use the app after providing her opinions and experience to the development team during its creation.

Rose added, “It was really interesting contributing to the app development process and sharing my thoughts and experiences. It is very important that patients and the public are involved in the process to ensure that it works for the people who will be using it, making sure that it is simple, easy to use and easy to understand.

“I never thought I would use it myself, but when I found out I was pregnant a few months later, I was excited to try it from a patient’s perspective. It was really easy and straightforward to use and I would recommend it to anyone affected by high blood pressure during pregnancy.


The app was developed by technology company Graphnet, which specializes in developing IT solutions for healthcare and care, and supported by the delivery team at Health Innovation Manchester. It was also developed in collaboration with users.

The functionality of the MyMaternity app is configured to be integrated into the GM care record, which is also powered by Graphnet. The GM Care Record brings together information held by different health and care organizations to ensure that general practitioners, doctors, nurses, midwives and practitioners can view medical records, care plans, medications and test results up to date. It now informs the right care and treatment for almost all 2.8 million people in Greater Manchester.

Guy Lucchi, Director of Digital Innovation at Health Innovation Manchester, said: “The MyMaternity app is a fantastic example of using technology to improve patient care and support clinicians. It is also a testament to the strength of our existing decentralized partnerships across GM in taking swift action on things that will directly benefit patients and frontline services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. “

Brian Waters, Managing Director of Graphnet, said: “We are delighted that we were able to help Health Innovation Manchester respond quickly and use our technology to provide important monitoring services safely to pregnant women. “

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