This paper explores the potential of using a virtual reality application to support pregnant individuals strengthen their parental bonds. The application simulates sensory development from a fetal point-of-view inside a virtual womb. More than 20 healthcare professionals comprising midwives, doctors, and nurses assisted the iterative design process through meetings, exposure, and open discussion. The evaluation used the iGroup Presence Questionnaire and Microsoft Product Reaction Cards to assess user presence and emotional impact. 48 participants (19 females, 29 males) comprising pregnant individuals, healthcare professionals, and miscellaneous participants took part in the evaluation. Results indicate feelings of presence, significant emotional impact, as well as positively inclined responses towards the experience. Healthcare professionals supported the evaluation, saw application potential, and expressed interest in further development and implementation.
|Title of host publication||NordiCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Publication date||25 Oct 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Oct 2020|
|Event||11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Estonia|
Duration: 25 Oct 2020 → 29 Oct 2020
|Conference||11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020|
|Period||25/10/2020 → 29/10/2020|
|Series||ACM International Conference Proceeding Series|
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- behavior change
- embodied interaction
- virtual reality