Local mom creates app to help new parents

June 06, 2019 09:25 AM

ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – A local mom is making it easier for new parents to ask for, and get, the help they need. 

After the birth of her first child, Cris Van Grol thought she had to do it all; from feedings to cleaning, all while healing herself and navigating the world of parenting.


As she prepared for the birth of her second baby, she knew things had to change.

Instead of carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, she started scribbling down ideas on how to ask for help.

That’s when the idea for Aida, a new app-based tool for postpartum, was born.  

As Van Grol explained, it can be difficult for new parents to ask for help, and can be just as tricky to figure out what it is that they need.

With her app, Van Grol hopes other parents can create a postpartum plan. Aida allows users to select specific areas of concern, from emotional support to meal prep.

The app also allows friends and family to link up with that list so they can see what is needed and how they can help.

 “It’s been proven that having social support after having a baby or welcoming a child into your world could be a buffer to postpartum disorders, and that’s what is lacking right now,” expressed Van Grol.

Aida is in the final stages of development, with a Kickstarter campaign showing its progress.


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