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Digital Maternity Clinic awarded in innovation contest

Written by Toni Vanhala (23 Mar 2016)

Headsted's Digital Maternity Clinic won the second place in Finnish innovation contest.

Maternal wellbeing is critical for the whole family. Post-natal depression and depressive symptoms during the pregnancy increase the risk of emotional and behavioural symptoms for the mother's children at youth. Nurturing a safe environment for childhood development would be the most effective way of preventing depression.

Our award-winning entry of a Digital Maternity Clinic helps parents to nurture emotional and social competence which support a well-balanced and satisfying daily life. Together with maternity clinic staff and local families, we will co-create an online programme, which consists of psychological content and training exercises as text, images, audio, and video.

We include experts and service users in every stage of development.

The online programme will be based on the Finnish version of Value Your Self, which has been found to reduce depressive symptoms and elevate mood as effectively as traditional face-to-face psychotherapy. The new content for Digital Maternity Clinic will include material and exercises on pregnancy and the upcoming life change. This psychological content will support family life with children and provide practical tools for parenting.

18 month follow-up study of the Finnish Value Your Self programme showed that the reduction of depressive symptoms (BDI-II) was similar for both independent online use of the programme and traditional face-to-face psychotherapy.

The purpose of the Wellbeing from Digital Solutions contest was to bring forward ideas for motivating people to promote their own health and wellbeing. The contest was organized by Headsted Finland's home town of Tampere in Finland. Digital Maternity Clinic won the second place in the contest. As the basis of its decision, the jury cited excellent feedback from the users of Headsted's current programmes and the importance of the targeted group of service users as "extremely important due to the indirect impact."

Headsted's Toni and Kirsikka attended the award ceremony at the City Offices last Monday. First and third place were awarded to the ideas of Klinik Finland and Ambientia. We are currently discussing the details of implementing our proposal with the City of Tampere.

The happy winners. Picture by Susanna Lyly.