Google has confirmed to The Verge that it has launched two pregnancy depression app stores in Canada: one in Toronto and one in Montreal.
The stores, named after cities where the apps are based, include two maternity apps, the app that helps women and men who are pregnant manage their mood and stress, and a wellness app.
Both stores are free to download and use.
“We want to be as inclusive as possible,” says Google’s Stephanie McElroy.
“We’re a tech company and we want to make sure we’re being inclusive, but we want it to be fair to everyone.”
She adds that the apps’ mission is to help people cope with depression.
“This app is specifically designed to help with pregnancy and stress and anxiety.”
According to the app’s description, the pregnancy depression team is “dedicated to helping women and their partners manage their stress, depression and anxiety, and manage the emotional and physical effects of pregnancy.”
In a statement, Google confirmed that it is working with its partners to launch the two pregnancy apps, and is looking forward to providing more information on the stores’ launch in the future.
McElroy says the pregnancy app was originally designed for women to get support from, but also to give support to their partners.
“They want to have more confidence and know that they’re helping each other and that they can count on our support,” she says.
The pregnancy depression site lists six types of depression, and one of those types is pregnancy depression.
According to the website, the symptoms of pregnancy depression include:Feeling disconnected from othersFeeling frustratedFeeling angryFeeling anxiousFeeling scaredFeeling sadFeeling isolatedBeing overwhelmed by the idea of not being able to spend time with friends or familyThe app is designed to provide support and advice to women and people with pregnancy issues, and also includes a brief video for women.
“It’s a really powerful app,” says McElry.
“There are a lot of people who have this problem, and it’s very hard to get help for people who are dealing with it.”
For more on pregnancy depression and how to manage your depression, check out our guide to pregnancy anxiety.