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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date25 Oct 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375795
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020
Event11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Estonia
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


Conference11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020
CityVirtual, Online
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

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  • behavior change
  • children
  • embodied interaction
  • health
  • hospitals
  • medical
  • parents
  • virtual reality
  • well-being


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