ParentGPT, a helpful AI chatbot, is here to help parents by offering support and insights for various issues in parenting.
Right after childbirth, new parents come up with myriads of doubts about parenting. Their insecurity is mainly due to the inadequacy of resources to guide them through various crossroads they have to face as parents. Especially, new parents have to tackle the challenges of raising a healthy child while also keeping their own mental health in check. This is where ParentGPT comes into play! Built to act as a support system for new parents, this generative AI tool is powered by ChatGPT and can offer timely insights for a smooth parenting journey, as per Fast Company.
The San Fransico-based start-up, Oath Care officially launched its app this October to help ease the silent struggles of moms and dads. There are still a lot of new moms undiagnosed with post-partum depression which is caused primarily by built-up insecurities of going through a massive shift in their lives. The Co-Founder of Oath Care, Michelle Stephens is a pediatric clinician by profession and she felt that there are insufficient amenities to guide new parents, especially mothers, through the early stages of parenthood. The Oath Care founders felt that this app needed a generative AI-backed functionality so that parents could have an interactive experience while finding solutions to their parenting problems. With the integration of ParentGPT, Oath Care becomes the only platform that has a doctor-endorsed community for new parents.
The two founding ladies of Oath Care, Michelle Stephens and Camilla Hermann, met at a mutual friend's birthday party and bonded over the need for an accessible healthcare community. Through the app, they have connected parents with health experts based on the parenting stage through workshops and webinars. With the integration of the AI-powered chatbot, parents can now have reliable assistance from lactation consultants, therapists, pediatric experts, and community members who have dealt with the same problems. Stephens believes that ParentGPT can mimic the traditional "village" experience that modern parents lack. The tool's model is based on peer-reviewed journals derived from just 20 to 30 credible sources but AI performs perpetual integration of new information from every post with existing resources. This way the app will keep on upgrading itself with tried and tested parenting information from various sources.
In an interview with Fast Company, Stephens said "We need to do better at actually conducting these studies so that we can have data that we can pull from that is inclusive of all populations," and added, "So until that happens, the data that we pull from will be biased." However, ParentGPT offers source visibility for any information so that parents can go for a second opinion if necessary. Talking about the app's accessibility, Stephens said, "We have at least tried to make a difference in building for both iOS and Android. Most of our low-income folks actually have Android Google phones that are more available and have better coverage in the middle of the country."
The app's model allows people from diverse ethnicities to connect with doctors or experts from similar backgrounds and also ensures that the information delivery is understandable for people from any literacy level. In Hermann's words "By breaking down complex medical jargon through AI and meticulously training our facilitators and experts on what language to use, we’re paving the way for a future where informed health choices are a universal right, not a privilege."