Maternal Health

LabReady GBS, an Innovative Women’s Health Diagnostic Device to Improve the Maternal Group B Strep Testing Processes, Is Now Available in Europe

Earlier this week Vax-Immune Diagnostics annoucned that it has received CE Mark approval for its first-in-class medical device, LabReady GBS. LabReady’s Group B Strep product is the first in Vax-Immune Diagnostics’ lineup of women’s health solutions that helps avoid life-threatening complications and expensive consequences for mothers and their babies. With CE Mark approval, LabReady is now available to European physicians, patients, and hospital systems. The brainchild…

Femtech Startup Nest Collaborative Announces a $2.1M Seed Round to Scale Its Virtual Lactation Consultation Platform

Today Nest Collaborative, the creator of the first virtual lactation consultation platform, announced a $2.1M seed round led by Altitude Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital fund to scale its offering. Other investors participating in the round include Bread and Butter Ventures, Wavemaker 360, Portfolia FemTech Fund II, Connecticut Innovations, Carnrite Ventures, and the Hustle Fund. “More than 3 million mothers in the…

A Recent Survey of New and Expectant Moms Sheds Light on the Future of Pregnancy Care

A recent survey conducted by Nuvo, the company behind INVU, an FDA-cleared, prescription-initiated, remote pregnancy monitoring platform, found that multiple factors have left moms-to-be searching for new remote pregnancy monitoring solutions. The survey, in partnership with Wakefield Reserach, examined the recent experiences of 500 new or expectant mothers and focused on the existing challenges of in-person prenatal care appointments, such as the…

March for Moms Names Laneceya Russ Executive Director

Today, March for Moms, a leading national advocacy organization dedicated to ending the nation’s maternal health crisis, has named Laneceya Russ its Executive Director. Russ, a Louisiana-based women’s health advocate, brings a decade of community-driven advocacy to the organization as it continues to advance Federal and State policy that expands and extends Medicaid coverage for pregnant and birthing people, advocates for greater access…

Femtech Startup Expectful Raises a $3M Seed Round to Expand Its Maternal Health Offering

Expectful recently announced its $3M seed round led by Harlem Capital. Indicator Ventures, Sequoia Scout Fund, Joyance Partners, Break Trail Ventures, Chinagona Ventures, Powerhouse Capital, AVG Basecamp Fund and Babylist also participated. Angel investors included Ellen Pao, Mike Smith and Ashley Mayer. The round also included $1.2 million in convertible SAFE notes, making the financing round a total of $4.2 million. Expectful…

Amerigroup Iowa Announces Expanded Benefits for Medicaid Members Including Products for New Moms

Amerigroup Iowa announced its value added benefits portfolio for eligible Medicaid members who participate in the state’s Medicaid programs that began January 1, 2021. Included in the expanded offerings are electric breast pumps for pregnant women or women who recently delivered, and a new Healthy Rewards incentive program. Amerigroup is the first Medicaid health plan in Iowa to provide electric breast pumps…

Maternal Health: AI/ML’s Health Gauge Shares Results of a Successful Proof of Concept Study Funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

AI/ML Innovations, a company focused on acquiring and furthering Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning technologies that address urgent societal needs, announces that its subsidiary, Health Gauge, successfully displayed its proof-of-concept deployment in a study funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, further validating its technology. Health Gauge was invited in 2019 to participate, as the sole technology provider, in a Bill and Melinda…

Merck Announces the Second Cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities Organizations Committed to Improving Maternal Health Equity in the U.S.

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today its funding support of a second cohort of nine city-based projects across the country — expanding its Safer Childbirth Cities initiative to additional communities that have a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity to help improve maternal health outcomes and reduce racial inequities in care. The newly selected projects…