'Tommy's Midwife' Alexa and Google Home app for pregnancy questions

Tommy’s Midwife pregnancy information voice skill is here to answer your questions about pregnancy, based on our evidence-based, up-to-date information. It is available on all Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices.

  

'Tommy's Midwife' Alexa skill for pregnancy questions 

We know that pregnancy is a hugely exciting but sometimes daunting time. And we know that our Tommy's midwives can’t always be there to answer your questions when you might need them. So we’d like to introduce you to our newest member of the team… Tommy’s Midwife pregnancy information voice skill for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. So the next time you have a question about your pregnancy, why not ask Tommy’s Midwife?

What is Tommy’s Midwife pregnancy information voice skill?

We’ve worked with our users and our team of midwives to develop this question and answer-based voice skill, with over 400 answers on key areas of pregnancy. We’ve included information from our most frequently asked questions – from morning sickness and mental wellbeing, to caesareans and breast feeding. The information is based on our evidence-based, up-to-date content, checked and endorsed by our team of midwives.

We hope that Tommy’s Midwife can provide extra support, but it is important to remember that it does not replace medical advice. It is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. If you have concerns about your pregnancy or your baby, please speak to your midwife or maternity team. If you think you may be having a medical emergency, please call 999.

How do I get started?

Tommy’s Midwife is available on all Amazon and Google devices. There are different ways you can ask Tommy’s Midwife a question:

  • Just say ‘Alexa, open Tommy’s Midwife’ on your Amazon smart speaker, smart watch or Alexa app on your smart phone
  • Say, ‘Hey Google, talk to Tommy’s Midwife’ on your Google Home speaker, Google watch or Google Assistant on your smart phone.

You do not need to enable the skill or log-in to the skill.

You can ask as many questions as you like in one session, or keep coming back for more!

Which devices can I use Tommy’s Midwife on?

You can use the Tommy’s Midwife skill on any advice that supports Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Fire TV, Google Assistant and Google Home.

You can also use the Tommy’s Midwife skill through the Alexa app or Google Assistant app, available on the Apple store or Google Play. Download the app and ask ‘Alexa, open Tommy’s Midwife’ or ‘Hey Google, talk to Tommy’s Midwife’ to get started.

What kind of questions can I ask Tommy's Midwife?

We have five key areas of content: mental health and wellbeing, pregnancy symptoms, health and pregnancy, pregnancy complications and labour and birth. Why not try asking one of these questions to get started?

  • Are mood swings normal in pregnancy?
  • Is it safe to take painkillers?
  • Is it safe to fly while I’m pregnant?
  • What are antenatal appointments?
  • What vaccinations should I have in pregnancy?
  • How will I know when I’m in labour?
  • What do contractions feel like?
  • What are the signs of anaemia?
"Alexa, open Tommy's Midwife...what are the best things to eat now that I'm pregnant?"
"...Eating a balanced and varied diet makes sure you have all the nutrients you and your baby need during your pregnancy. Try to have 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Would you like to hear about the foods that you should avoid during pregnancy?"

How do I rate and leave a review?

Tommy’s Midwife will ask you for your feedback. This helps us improve the skill and make sure we are providing you with the right answers to your questions. You can also go to the skill page and rate the skill and leave a review by clicking ‘Write a review’.

I'm a first-time user, but when I say 'Alexa, open Tommy's Midwife' Alexa won't open the skill? 

This shouldn't happen. But if you’re having any issues, make sure you enable the Tommy's Midwife skill first. You can do this by pressing 'Enable'  through the Alexa app, or saying to Alexa, 'Enable Tommy's Midwife'. 

I don't have a smart speaker, can I still try it out?

If you don’t have an Alexa or Google Home at home, you can always talk to Tommy’s Midwife using Google Assistant on your smartphone. Google Assistant comes as standard on all Android devices or you can download the app from the AppStore or GooglePlay. You can also download the Alexa app and speak to Alexa that way.

I'm hard of hearing or can't speak to a device, can I still use Tommy's Midwife?

If you have a smartphone, you can download Google Assistant from the App Store or GooglePlay. Just follow the steps and instead of speaking to your device, click the keyboard icon in the bottom, left-hand corner. You can then type 'Hey Google, talk to Tommy's Midwife' to get started.

Do you have any other questions? Need some help using Tommy’s Midwife? Want to give us some feedback?

We'd love to hear from you so we can grow and develop the content available for our users. Please let us know what you think at [email protected]

 

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