Preparing Heart and Mind

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What is Preparing Heart and Mind™?
Our focus is on supporting parents during an uncertain time - when there are concerns about a baby’s health before and after birth.

We have developed the Preparing Heart and Mind™ care program as a new way to provide what parents need along the journey of becoming parents to their new baby. The care program includes a mobile app designed for a pregnant person and their caregiving partner (for example, a spouse, partner, or grandparent). This app is based on what we have learned from parents, like you, and healthcare providers who are dealing with fetal and infant health concerns.

What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to test the Preparing Heart and Mind™ care program, and find out how it could be used to make a family’s experience better.

What will study participants do?
Study participants will complete surveys throughout the pregnancy and after the birth of their baby. Some may have video sessions or phone calls with a nurse, who will help with the app, answer questions, and talk about important experiences and issues.

Is there any compensation?
Yes! In recognition of participants’ time and effort, each will receive a gift card for each study activity completed.

This research study is coordinated by the University of Minnesota. Study participation involves the use of smartphones, tablets or computers. No appointments on campus or in clinics are required for this study.

Study Sponsors: 
The Preparing Heart and Mind™ study has been generously sponsored by:

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Are you:

  • A pregnant person who has been told that your baby may be born with a heart condition?

  • At least 20 weeks along in your pregnancy?

  • At least 18 years old?

  • Able to access a smartphone, tablet or computer?

If so, you may be able to take part in the Preparing Heart and Mind™ study.


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Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor Anne Chevalier McKechnie

Anne Chevalier McKechnie, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Weaver-Densford Hall, 6-138D
308 Harvard Street SE


Upcoming Projects

In addition to our current study, here are a few things we are working on for the future!

Translating the Preparing Heart and Mind™ care program to languages other than English.

Finalizing a new app for parents that supports human milk feeding and breastfeeding for infants with heart disease: Preparing Heart and Mind™: Human Milk Feeding care program.

Bringing together a diverse group of parents who can act as advisors for our projects. If you are a parent of a child with heart disease, and would be interested in learning more about joining us, please contact Dr. McKechnie at