During the pandemic in Finland, most childbirth education (CBE) programs were canceled or transferred online. We aimed to improve the situation by developing a virtual reality (VR) CBE. This article describes the process of developing a VR CBE pilot program and the results from the preliminary user test. To create the VR experience, we used 360° videos as the main content. The program is usable with VR headsets, a computer, tablet, and smartphone. When using the program with a VR headset, the users felt they were in the birthing room; they did not feel motion sickness, nor did they have usability challenges. The users preferred using the program on their own, studying independently with a tablet or mobile device.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-47
JournalJournal of Perinatal Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • childbirth education
  • virtual reality (VR)
  • 360 video


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