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How mummatters works

Ask any mum and they’ll likely tell you that pregnancy and the years after a baby's arrival can be amazing—and often connected with a whole range of emotions.

Being aware of, and regularly maintaining, your emotional wellbeing is important. mummatters can help you get a better sense of how you’re going. And, if more support is ever needed, mummatters can help you find it.

Start your journey today.

  • It’s free and easy to use

  • It’s private and confidential

  • It’s designed by experts

  • Checks in regularly to keep you on track

  • Provides useful tips and resources

Whether you’re just wanting to stay on top of your wellbeing, or you’re looking for more support, mummatters is for you.

Your emotional health and wellbeing

Advice for mums

Advice from mums

Mums share the advice they’d give themselves if they could go back to the beginning
A GP's view

A GP's view

Bupa GP and dad of two, Dr Tim Ross offers tips on how to look after your emotional health
Me time

'Me time'

A mothers group shares how they carve out 'me time'

Frequently asked questions

What is mummatters?

mummatters was developed by researchers and experts for all pregnant women and new mums. mummatters is based on screening tools validated by evidence-based research that can help identify if you may be experiencing feelings common in depression. It also suggests steps you can take to help you stay emotionally well, and guides you to relevant support and resources.

mummatters should only be used as a resource. It is not designed to diagnose anxiety or depression, and should not be relied on as a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional.

Who is mummatters for?

mummatters has been developed for pregnant women, and new mums with babies up to 12 months old. You can use mummatters if you have a child older than 1 year, as you may still find it useful.

Can my doctor or health care provider be involved?

Yes, your doctor or health care provider can be involved. We recommend that you take a copy of your Report to your doctor. It is addressed to your doctor and contains a summary of all your results. It can help you start a conversation with your doctor.

If you think you may be experiencing feelings common in anxiety or depression, or you ever have any concerns about your emotional health, you should make an appointment to talk with your doctor, midwife or child health nurse, or other trusted health care professional.

What’s the difference between My Results and the Report?

The results displayed in mummatters are based on your responses to the 'About you' questions. The questions were developed in partnership with experts in perinatal depression and anxiety from St John of God Health Care and the University of NSW, and are based on screening tools validated by evidence-based research. The results can help identify if you may be experiencing feelings common in depression, or if you may be more likely to develop depression during or after pregnancy.

The Report that you can generate within mummatters is a record of all your results and is addressed to your doctor. It may be helpful for you to take a copy of the Report to discuss with your doctor.

Do I need to return to mummatters after my first use?

Once you have started using mummatters, you can access it at any time. mummatters will also remind you when you next need to check in to see how you’re feeling. This is usually every 4 weeks.

mummatters will remind you by SMS or by email depending on your preferred communication method. You can set this preference by updating My Details.

How can I participate in the research program?

We want mummatters to be as helpful as possible for you, as well as for other mums who may be experiencing perinatal depression. That's why we're conducting the research program with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and St John of God Health Care, to understand what users like about mummatters and how we can improve it.

If you decide to participate, the UNSW research team will contact you on the email address you provided in My Details. They will provide more information about the evaluation program and how it works. Receiving this information does not mean you will have to take part, and you can change your mind at any time. Your participation in this research is strictly confidential.

What about privacy? How will my data be used?

Any personal information you provide while using mummatters is confidential and will not be shared.

Your participation in the research program is also strictly confidential. Your email address is the only identifying information the researchers will collect, and Bupa will not have access to any of your personal information. All women who participate will be given a unique ID number to ensure data is de-identified and privacy is protected. This information will be stored securely by the researchers at UNSW and will not be used for any other purpose.

If you would like to know more about the Privacy, Security and Health Information, you can read the Terms & Conditions.

Where can I find help or more information about perinatal depression and anxiety?

About 1 in 10 women will experience depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression), and 1 in 7 new mums experience postnatal depression following the birth of their baby. Anxiety can be just as common as depression at this time. For more information about perinatal depression and anxiety, please visit:
beyondblue at beyondblue.org.au
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia at www.panda.org.au
COPE (centre of Perinatal Excellence) at cope.org.au
St John of God Burwood Hospital Mother and Baby Unit at http://sjog.org.au

How do I access mummatters?

You can access mummatters for free at mummatters.com.au

You can access mummatters from your smart phone and you can save the mummatters URL to your desktop.

You don’t need to download anything or access any app stores.

What do I need to use mummatters?

mummatters works optimally on:

  • iPhone 4+
  • iPad (all)
  • iPod  touch (3+) running iOS 6+
  • Android 4+ on Android devices including: Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Google
  • Windows Phone 8+
  • Blackberry 10
  • Blackberry Playbook

You will also require a working internet connection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi).

Standard usage charges for the internet may apply - check with your internet and mobile service providers for more information.

You will also require a working internet connection (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi). Standard usage charges for the internet may apply - check with your internet and mobile service providers for more information.

Who do I contact if I have feedback or questions?

Please email us at info@mummatters.com.au. We would love to hear from you if you have any questions about mummatters, or any feedback about what you like about mummatters and how we can improve it.

Please note that we are not able to provide clinical advice on personal situations. If you think you may be experiencing feelings common in anxiety or depression, or you ever have any concerns about your emotional health, you should make an appointment to talk with your doctor, midwife or child health nurse, or another trusted health care professional.

 

Disclaimer

The clinical components of mummatters were developed by lead researchers and specialists at St John of God Burwood Hospital and the University of New South Wales. It is an online program designed for pregnant and postnatal women to self-assess for potential indicators of perinatal depression.

mummatters should only be used as an information resource. It is not designed to provide a clinical diagnosis of anxiety or depression, and should not be relied on as a substitute for the advice of a health care professional.