Maternal Health

PCORI Invests $80.5M in Maternal Health Research to Combat Inequities

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced a massive investment of $80.5M to fund four patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies. This initiative is part of PCORI’s efforts to address the critical health care and social factors contributing to maternal health inequities in the United States. The studies, part of a larger suite of 30 CER studies recently approved for…

Needed Raises $14M to Champion Better Nutrition Standards for Women During Pregnancy and Beyond

Needed, a company specializing in science-based perinatal nutrition, has successfully completed a $14M funding round. The investment was led by The Craftory, a consumer-centric investment firm, with additional funds from Seae Ventures and Crescent Ridge VC. This new capital infusion is set to expand Needed’s innovative product range, augment its educational content, and initiate Needed Labs, a new branch dedicated to clinical…

Texas A&M Health and Philips Expand Their Partnership to Improve Maternal Health with Their Pregnancy+ App

Texas A&M University Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) and Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, are collaborating to improve health outcomes for mothers, children and families. The collaboration centers on the Pregnancy+ App, which supports parents from the moment they discover they are pregnant through childbirth by offering personalized content, expert- written information, as well as interactive 3D models…

LactApp Opens First-of-its-Kind Lactation Care Clinic in Barcelona

LactApp, a Barcelona-based startup known for its mobile breastfeeding apps, has expanded its footprint by opening the first in-person lactation care clinic in the city, and according to the company in the world. This move doesn’t just offer new solutions to new parents, but also marks the company’s first foray into brick-and-mortar healthcare services. The clinic itself houses four consultation rooms and…

Maternal Health Startup Oula Opens Third Clinic; Announces Expansion of Its Partnership with Mount Sinai

Oula, a modern maternity care clinic combining the best of obstetrics and midwifery care, and Mount Sinai Health System, one of New York City’s largest academic medical systems, have announced the expansion of a successful partnership that began in 2021. After reaching Last month the milestone of 1,000 babies delivered last month, the expansion will include a third clinic that opens in the Fall of…

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Partners with Delfina and InovCares to Advance Maternal Health

In a move to enhance maternal and infant health outcomes in Texas, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has announced a collaboration with Delfina and InovCares. This partnership is set to build upon BCBSTX’s Special Beginnings initiative, aiming to bridge care disparities and introduce innovative solutions for expectant mothers. The strategic integration of these platforms is bolstered by funding from…

NYU Langone Health Initiates Digital Intervention to Address US Maternal Mortality Rates with $12.5M NIH Grant

The Institute for Excellence in Health Equity at NYU Langone Health has been awarded an NIH grant of $12.5M to initiate a digital intervention focused on the maternal mortality crisis in the United States. Recent statistics depict a concerning trend: the US maternal mortality rate has doubled in the last 20 years. In 2021, the data showed that Black pregnant women faced…

$50 Million NIH Grant Funds CHOP and Penn Medicine Research on Environmental Impact on Pregnancy and Child Health

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Penn Medicine have been awarded a $50M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study environmental influences on pregnancy and children’s health, as part of the NIH’s Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. Heather Burris, MD, MPH, a neonatologist at CHOP commented: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as…