Project Preconception Care

Gabby v4

The “Gabby” System

The “Gabby” System, developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center in partnership with the Relational Agents Group from Northeastern University, is designed to help young African American women improve their Preconception Health status and thus improve their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome in the future. The health information presented by the character, “Gabby,” is based on the clinical recommendations published in a supplement of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preconception Health and Health Care: The Clinical Content of Preconception Care.

Early testing has been promising with results indicating that Gabby can help young women reduce their number of preconception health risks. In addition, users have reported that the system is easy to use and that they like and trust Gabby.