Dr. James Betoni, board certified high risk maternal fetal medicine doctor and Founder/Creator of the new app, Pregnancy Power, from Boise, Idaho joins eHealth Radio and the Female Health and Pregnancy Channels.
- Tell us a bit more about yourself and your credentials for starters.
- Why did you decide to create the Pregnancy Power App?
- How is it different than any other pregnancy app that is out there?
- Did you develop this app to replace your published workbook due to the change in times and people using apps?
- What are your goals for this new app?
Dr. Jim’s journey towards writing The Pregnancy Power Workbook began in 1967 when his mother gave birth to his little sister; who was born with Down syndrome. In an era when children with her condition were put into homes for special needs, his parents lovingly chose to parent and raise her in their home. As the five-year old big brother, young Jim soon became the family expert on chromosomes and learned that his sister had an extra one. His first hand experiences of living with and caring for his sister who suffered through many health conditions, played a major role in inspiring him to pursue a career in health care.
Through 20 years of refining his skills as an OB/GYN physician, he has come to recognize the vulnerability that many women experience during their pregnancies because of their lack of knowledge. Our medical system does not consistently allow adequate time for determining patients’ levels of understanding. As the co-author of The Pregnancy Power Workbook, he feels privileged to help create a meaningful pregnancy guide that changes the way women and their providers approach prenatal care. Rather than being thrown into a system that does not support their needs, women using this workbook will experience the reassuring and motivating power gleaned from real knowledge.
45 years after learning about his sister’s extra chromosome, Dr. Jim realized his dream. In 2010 he completed his fellowship subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. “Now I can better care for women with high-risk pregnancies, including those carrying a baby with Down syndrome, with compassion built from many years of personal experience.”
Dr. Jim enjoys his new practice with the University Perinatology Consultants in Colorado Springs where he lives with his wife, three active children, his mother, and his sister. When time allows, they all enjoy theater, dining, and traveling.
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