Pregnancy

BillionToOne Launches Prenatal Genetics Test BabyPeek that Predicts Non-medical Traits

Molecular diagnostics company BillionToOne (BTO) has recently introduced BabyPeek, an addition to their UNITY Complete test, which offers insight into non-medical traits of unborn babies. BabyPeek provides expecting parents with the opportunity to discover traits such as potential eye and hair color, among others, as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy. By integrating BabyPeek into the UNITY Complete test, BTO hopes to…

Villie Secures $700K in Pre-Seed Funding to Enhance Support for Expecting Parents

Villie, an online platform founded in 2021 by Kimberly Jolasun, has recently announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of a $700K pre-seed funding round. This investment round saw participation from prominent investors including XRC Labs, TxO by a16z, and Fearless Fund. The platform, conceptualized by Jolasun, aims to provide a supportive environment for expecting parents, facilitating connections and offering resources…

Smart Ring Maker ŌURA Adds New In-App Pregnancy Insights Feature

Smart ring maker ŌURA has recently launched Pregnancy Insights, a new feature designed to provide expectant mothers with comprehensive data-driven support throughout their pregnancy journey. Pregnancy entails significant physiological changes, impacting everything from sleep patterns to biometric markers. To address the unique needs of pregnant women, ŌURA‘s Science team utilized aggregate and de-identified member data to understand how these markers evolve during…

NIH Awards $2.3M to Study ViTrack’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health During Pregnancy

Dynocardia, in partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, is launching a new study funded by a $2.3M grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study focuses on the non-invasive, wearable blood pressure and heart monitor, ViTrack, to enhance the diagnosis and early detection of hypertensive diseases of pregnancy (HDP), including preeclampsia.…

Nest Collaborative Secures $6M in Series A Funding to Scale Its Virtual Lactation Support Platform

Nest Collaborative, a telehealth platform specializing in lactation support, has recently completed a $6 million Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to over $10 million. This investment, led by Altitude Ventures and supported by Bread & Butter Ventures, Carnrite Ventures, Connecticut Innovations, Hustle Fund, and Wavemaker 360, underscores the growing recognition of the essential role lactation support plays in maternal…

Swiss Medical Device Company Pregnolia Raises $2.47M to Advance Premature Birth Diagnostics

Pregnolia, a Zurich-based medical technology company, has recently announced the completion of a successful funding round, securing 2.2M Swiss francs (USD $2.47M) from investors. This investment will primarily be directed towards the development and expansion of the Pregnolia device, a novel system aimed at improving the diagnostics of premature birth risks. Premature birth remains a significant global health concern. The World Health…

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…

$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…