Created by Marijke Sibie, Doula Contraction Labor Coach will help women planning on home (or birthing center) births to feel relaxed and fully prepped for the arrival of their little ones. With features indicated in its name, having Doula Contraction Labor Coach handy is a great way to get mentally ready for the big day.
Although traditional contraction timers have become more and more popular as the trend for home or birthing center births has grown in recent years, Doula Contraction Labor Coach is a much better option than these basic timers.
This app features the voice of “Mary the Midwife” who provides advice to help women relax between contractions and to aid them in engaging in optimal breathing techniques.
Although not meant to replace an actual certified midwife, this app is said to be a good way to be coached during labor until your midwife can arrive; Mary’s advice includes everything from tips for what to visualize during the labor process to how to relax and let your body do the right work.
Other features of this app include a choice between soothing music or the sound of ocean waves, an easy way to time your contractions, and quickly generated graphs showing the time between each contraction and the time of each contraction itself. The ability to easily share those graphs, and save them for posterity, is also a big plus.
Appearance and Layout:
Visual appeal is probably one of the least sought-after things by a woman in labor, but this app is still aesthetically pleasing overall. The color scheme is friendly and inviting. For an app designed to assist women in labor, Doula Contraction Labor Coach can’t be beat. We love its simplistic layout and ease-of-use.
After all, there is enough to worry about when experiencing contractions that dealing with difficulties in finding any one feature of an app. That could be very frustrating.
Thankfully, users shouldn’t run into any problems when navigating through this app; the minimalistic layout allows for quick and easy navigation, even during a first-timer user experience.
Doula Contraction Labor Coach is an app that currently costs $1.99, and while some women who have already had children may not be as interested in what this app has to offer, it could easily be seen as a very useful tool for first-time mothers.
In fact, first-time fathers may also find the app to be helpful, as it can be a friendly way to help familiarize them with the natural labor process.
Overall, for its intended audience, this app should certainly be seen as a great addition to their iOS devices; the $1.99 price tag will hardly even be noticed among the rest of the baby-prep purchases that are likely to be happening around the same time.
Doula Contraction Labor Coach requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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