New Moments of Life family app takes away hassle of birth registration and form filling

The app, available on Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, is the first to showcase the national effort to remove the hassle of going to different government agencies to complete forms and providing the same information repeatedly.
The app, available on Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, is the first to showcase the national effort to remove the hassle of going to different government agencies to complete forms and providing the same information repeatedly.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Freelance content creator Ateeqah Mazlan with her son and husband, Mr Rostam Effendie Yacob. Madam Ateeqah, whose son is turning two, said the app is a one-stop shop for new parents.
Freelance content creator Ateeqah Mazlan with her son and husband, Mr Rostam Effendie Yacob. Madam Ateeqah, whose son is turning two, said the app is a one-stop shop for new parents.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Registering the birth of a child has gone paperless, with the launch of a new app that also allows parents to apply for the Ministry of Social and Family Development's Baby Bonus scheme.

Called Moments of Life (Families), or MOL (Families), the app is the first to showcase the national effort to remove the hassle of going to different government agencies to complete forms and providing the same information repeatedly.

The app is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.

Initially, it is for births at Singapore's three main hospitals: KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore General Hospital and National University Hospital, said a spokesman for the MOL (Families) Programme Office on Friday (June 29).

The MOL (Families) Programme Office is an inter-agency effort that comes under the Public Service Division.

More hospitals will be included in subsequent versions of the app, which aims to have more than 10,000 Singaporean users for a start.

"We are committed to enhancing the app progressively (via) suggestions and feedback from users," said Mr Chris Lim, covering director at the MOL (Families) Programme Office.

Birth registration has hitherto been paper-based, and done at hospitals or the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building.

MOL (Families) is among a new wave of government apps that is designed with extensive user feedback as part of the Government's plans to make Singapore a Smart Nation.

Another is Parking.sg, which replaces coupon parking.

With MOL (Families), personal information required in the form is automatically taken from MyInfo, a government-backed digital vault of citizens' personal data.

MOL (Families) also lets new parents search for and put their child on the wait-list of pre-schools within a 1km radius of their homes.

Yet another plus is that parents can view their child's medical appointments and immunisation records.

Freelance content creator Ateeqah Mazlan, 29, said the app is a one-stop shop for new parents. She finds the pre-school feature the most helpful.

"It has all the detailed information I need - from the schools' exact location and whether they have a vacancy to the price after government subsidy," said Madam Ateeqah, whose son is turning two and ready for pre-school.

The Parking.sg app, which lets motorists remotely pay for per-minute parking instead of using paper coupons, was launched in October last year.

It has since garnered 540,000 downloads, 350,000 vehicle registrations and processed more than six million parking sessions.