Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

Birth & Beyond is a smartphone app designed to provide mothers and caregivers with easy access to videos about a baby's first two years. The app helps support those with limited access to health care, an increasing problem worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This technical brief presents findings and lessons learned from small-scale interventions implemented by MCSP with first-time parents (FTPs) in three diverse settings. This presentation of cross-country learning is intended to help program implementers design effective interventions for FTPs and to inform future research and learning agendas.

The First Time Parent (FTP) Framework defines the FTP lifestage within the broader evolution of sexual and reproductive activity typically experienced over an individual’s lifetime—from puberty to parenthood and beyond, and also adapts the socio-ecological approach to understand the broader FTP social system, and the multiple personal and environmental factors/interactions that influence health choice and action.