Mental Health Screening Tool

for Postpartum Depression in Indian Women

commissioned by Grand Challenges Canada 

collaboration with BEMPU Health, Bangalore

The Organization 

BEMPU Health is a public health organization funded by the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth, and others. T heir  mission is to radically improve maternal and child health outcomes in developing countries by developing and commercializing life-saving health technologies.

Product Range
The organization develops devices to reduce morbidity and mortality in neonates.

TempWatch monitors the newborn’s temperature, alerts the caregiver with an intuitive audio-visual alarm.

Apnee Boot examins the baby’s blood oxygen levels using a pulse oxymeter and gives an audiovisual alam if the baby slips into apnea.

KangaCare sling allows the the parent to give Kangaroo Care to prevent hypothermia-related illness or death.

Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT-Kit) is a  condom-catheter kit used by health providers for treatment of postpartum hemorrhage in mothers after birth.

Mental Health in the Neonatal Care System

Extensive work in Neonatal care space brought to the conclusion that one can only care for the baby holistically by caring for the mother and the family. Thus was born the idea of a program to screen and provide mental health support to mothers during and after gesgational period. 

Project BHappy- Perinatal screening tool for postpartum depression 

The brief was to creat an app and paper-based tool to be used by health providers to screen mothers for Postpartum Depression at discharge and key neonatal follow-up visits. Based on a mother’s responses, BHappy will categorize the mother as healthy, at risk, or needs immediate attention, after which mothers and their families will be connected to appropriate clinical assistance and also be  counselled on proper maternal and newborn care.

The clinical collaborators of the project who also led the study on adapting the existing perinatal depression screeing tool the EPDS to India, was Dr Ashlesha Bagadia, and Dr Prabha Chandra and Dr Geetha Desai from NIMHANS, Dr Shantala from PTHY.

My role as a designer was to conduct prilimnary primary research in the Public Gestataional care system, to support the clinical trials of the PREP-M (EPDS India adapted tool developed by NIMHANS), and to design a digital service that acts as a screening tool and portal for documenting mental health of all women.

Phase 1: Primary Research
Involved interwiers with ObGyn departments of St. Martha’s hospital, St. John’s. St. Philomena’s and Fortis La Femme, all in Bangalore.

Phase 2: PREP-M Clinical Trials support
This phase required creation of assets for the trials, like posters for the study, questionannaire prints and the digitization of the MINI Interview clinical questionnaire

Phase 3: Design of PREP-M questionnaire
The PREP-M was a tool developed by the NIMHANS team due to go for clinical trials. After it’s succesful result this tool was to be adapted to the digital platform.

For the clinical trial, the tool required multi language adaptations and prints along with the gold standard comparing tool GAD and PHQ

Phase 4: Design of PREP-M App
At the last stage of the clinical trials, the project was brought to an end due to organizational project restructuring, and so the phase 4 of the project was cancelled.

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