Postpartum Hypertension Blood Pressure "Triggers"
As part of the Babyscripts Postpartum Monitoring Program, you'll be monitoring your blood pressure from home. You'll be expected to check your blood pressure at least 2 times a day (once in the morning, once in the evening), for 16 days.
If any of your BP readings are abnormally high, we call this a "trigger". If this happens, Babyscripts may automatically alert your care team. Learn more below!
What is a “trigger”?
Simply put, a trigger is a high blood pressure reading. If you enter a BP reading in the app that is abnormally high, you'll get a notification in the app, and Babyscripts may automatically alert your care team.
What characterizes a high blood pressure reading?
Blood pressure thresholds in the app are determined by your care team, and thus may vary slightly from health system to health system. Generally, blood pressure readings are categorized into the following:
Normal blood pressure readings
Normal blood pressure readings are generally below 140/90.
If you enter a normal blood pressure reading in the app, you'll get a pop-up that looks like this:
Elevated blood pressure readings --> Elevated "Trigger"
Elevated blood pressure readings are generally at or above 140/90.
If you enter an elevated reading in the app, you'll get an email, a text message, and a pop-up that looks like this:
You'll be asked to:
- Complete a short survey to indicate any symptoms you may be experiencing.
- Re-take your blood pressure in 10 minutes.
> If your blood pressure retake is normal and you aren't experiencing any symptoms, then you're in the clear! We won't alert your care team.
> If you indicate that you are experiencing any symptoms, and/or your BP retake is still high, Babyscripts will automatically alert your care team during office hours (if outside of office hours, we'll alert your care team the next business day).
Critical blood pressure readings --> Critical "Trigger"
Critical blood pressure readings are generally at or above 160/100.
If you enter a critical blood pressure reading in the app, you'll get an email, a text message, and a pop-up that looks like this:
> We'll automatically alert your care team of your critical BP reading right away, whether it's during or after office hours. Someone from your care team should then follow up to check in with you.
If you have questions or concerns during this time, we recommend reaching out directly to your provider or care team.
What can you expect if you have an elevated or critical BP reading while on the program?
- You can expect to hear from a Babyscripts team member, who will call you to check in and make sure you're okay. If there are follow-up instructions to complete, we will remind you of them.
- You'll also receive a text message and email letting you know of any follow-up steps.
- Depending on the severity of your reading, your care team may be alerted and will follow up with you if needed.
- If you are ever concerned about a specific blood pressure reading while on the program, please call your provider's office.