Maternal Health

Maven Clinic and March for Moms Team up to Invest in Community-Based Organizations Advancing Maternal Health Outcomes 

  Maven Clinic, the virtual clinic for women’s and family health, and March for Moms, a non-profit that improves the health and wellbeing of mothers through advocacy and awareness, have launched MPact for Families, a new program to invest in community-based organizations (CBOs) advancing maternal health. The program provides financial, mentoring, and skill support to community-based organizations that are filling gaps in…

The NIH Launches a New Challenge to Advance Community-based Maternal Health Research in the U.S.

The National Institutes of Health has recently introduced a $3M challenge competition to encourage community-based and advocacy organizations in the United States to develop the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to conduct maternal health research. In addition to competing for cash prizes, participating organizations will receive training and mentoring in writing research proposals and building maternal health research infrastructure. The challenge is part of the White House Blueprint…

Millie Picks Up $4M in Seed Funding to Raise the Bar for Maternity Care in the U.S.

According to findings from The Commonwealth Fund show that American women have the highest death rate from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, which is more than double the rates of most other high-income countries. Additionally, a 2019 study found that annual maternal morbidity from conception through age 5 resulted in a projected cost of $32.2 billion. Improving these outcomes is a key focus for…

Maternal Health Startup Delfina Joins UnitedHealthcare Accelerator

In March 2022 maternal health startup Delfina Care announced its $5.3M seed round led by Story Ventures to democratize access to best-in-class care for expecting mothers everywhere. A few month later the company now joins the latest cohort of UnitedHealthcare’s 4-month accelerator program along with 9 other digital health startups. The UnitedHealthcare Accelerator first launched in 2019 and has since supported 30…

SheMatters Raises $1.5M in Seed Funding for Its Platform Focused on Black Maternal Health

SheMatters, an online platform and mobile app designed to support women of color who experience postpartum comorbidities by helping them to build healthy habits that can be tracked and openly celebrated, announced the close of a $1.5M in seed round. Participating investors include Oxeon Ventures, Chingona Ventures, New York University, The Fund and Techstars. The company will also change its name from…

Breastfeeding App LatchAid Reveals the Results of Its First Trial in Collaboration with the NHS

Since launching in July 2021, LatchAid, the breastfeeding and early parenthood support application, has gained more than 7,000 users across 94 countries. Early results have now shown that mothers who are using the app are more likely to continue breastfeeding for longer. A six-month NHS trial found that, amongst the 271 UK-based survey respondents using the app, 49% were exclusively breastfeeding at 6-8…

Nike Adds a Maternity Training Program to Its App

With all the mental and physical changes that occur during pregnancy, it’s no wonder why many pregnant people give up the dumbbells for a while. But to help keep them active, Nike is now launching its new (M)ove Like A Mother exercise program on its Training Club app. Consisting of 24 workout trainings, the program covers strength training, cardio, mobility, and yoga…

Anthem Partners with Happify to Launch a New Digital Maternal Health Platform

Anthem and Happify Health are teaming up to help bridge the gap between the unique physical and mental health concerns women face. The new joint program support women throughout their maternal health journey with solutions such as ongoing education, case management, and care coordination. “As a mother to three, I felt what all moms feel – that pregnancy is a roller coaster…