Print Email Facebook Twitter A messenger app for parents with an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Title A messenger app for parents with an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Author De Jong, A. Contributor Melles, M. (mentor) Albayrak, A. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Industrial Design Programme Master of Science Design for Interaction Date 2015-11-13 Abstract Worldwide, 1 out of 10 newborns is born prematurely... In the Netherlands this means there are over 15.000 preterm births every year... Becoming a parent of a premature infant is very overwhelming and stressful. Parents need to deal with difficult themes, such as the appearance of a sick infant, the fears of the infant’s survival chances, the alteration of the parental role, and the separation from the infant due to hospitalization. They experience a great amount of stress because of all the uncertainties regarding their premature baby. Therefore, the parents are at risk of developing serious mental and/or physical health issues. The babyUPdate is a messenger service system which informs the parents about their infant’s well-being and reminds them of their infant’s progress by means of sending messages twice a day. The content of each message, which is written in the name of the infant, is focused on medical improvement and milestones. Therefore, parents can find solace in the messages during the difficult times in the NICU. Moreover, each message contains a reflective component regarding the parents’ behaviour. This component motivates parents to take good care of themselves as well. The babyUPdate offers other functionalities, such as keeping a digital diary and sharing experiences with others. Subject neonatologyprematurityuser interface To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:42d46d6d-b5f9-4179-8d73-bde4f2ab3caf Embargo date 2016-11-13 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2015 De Jong, A.