New project connects expectant moms to government health services
- All pregnant women.
- Only engaging with the healthcare system from the 21st week of pregnancy.
- Able to read and write.
- Accessing a shared or their own own cellphone.
- To register each pregnancy at a government health facility.
- To send stage-based, personalised SMSes to each mom in the registry.
- To allow women to engage with the health system through help desk tools and services.
How To Register:
- Ask someone at a public health care facility to confirm that you are pregnant.
- Dial *134*550# from your cellphone to register.
- Answer a few simple questions about your pregnancy.
- You will then be registered – welcome to the family!
- Pregnancy is registered in the national database
User receives weekly SMS messages to inform them of their pregnancy and baby health (up to when the child is one year old)
- Information about pregnancy and infancy, based on the mother’s stage of pregnancy or her infant’s age.
- Clinical messages based on care the mother and/or baby are scheduled to receive at different stages of pregnancy or post-delivery.
- Follow-up SMSes of imminent or missed appointments.
Note: Once the baby is born, new moms can reply “baby” to any SMS sent from MomConnect for information on how to care for their babies until the age of one year.
Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, attended a media briefing and live demonstration of MomConnect at Groote Schuur Hospital in the weeks leading up to the launch.
Please enquire about this service at your ante-natal facility. Through this project the Western Cape Government Health wishes to ensure better health of mothers and babies: Better Together.
How to opt-out of MomConnect: