Making Better Fathers One App at a Time: New "Duty Calls" App for To-Be Dads LaunchedAela Mass
Want to whip your better half into a loving, understanding, always-there-for-you partner during your pregnancy? There’s an app for that. Thanks to a new app launched by Health Care Service Corporation, to-be dads have the tools they need right at their fingertips to play a supportive role in pregnancies.
Find out how it works after the jump!
When I first heard of this app, I thought for sure it was the brainchild of a woman, but apparently, the idea was born from concerns from men about how to properly be involved in prenatal goings-on. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch article, focus groups and research have found that “dads were often confused during the prenatal process because they felt they lacked resources to understand how to participate.”
I’m sure there will be an onslaught of women who laugh at the fact that men need help yet again with the simple things. I mean, shouldn’t they just know what needs to be done before the baby arrives without an app that tells them? But I commend the developers for creating a way for more men to be “in tune” with their expecting partner’s pregnancy. Though I do wonder how many will use the app as an excuse to check the baseball score. “No, honey, I wasn’t checking the Yankees game. I was seeing what Week 22 will be like for you…”
The free app, available through iTunes, includes a:
- Countdown Timer to your due date
- Task List of activities needed to be done before the baby arrives
- Development Capture Tool that lets him take photos, videos and audio clips during important pregnancy milestones and share them through social network
- Knowledge Library filled with info about weekly updates of your pregnancy changes and the baby’s development
- Contraction Timer
- Support-team access tool
I plan to break gender stereotypes and have my wife use this when I get pregnant after all, she will be the non-pregnant partner. I will happily report back with updates on the effectiveness of this app, and how, if at all, it can be useful for a lesbian couple.
In the meantime, let me know if any of you are planning to use it! How do your hubbies, boyfriends, and whatever else male partners are called like it?
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