Los Angeles-based perinatal nutrition and education startup Needed has announced a $5.8M seed round led by Seae Ventures and Sekhmet Ventures. Other participants in the the round include Crescent Ridge Partners and Peterson Partners. The company plans to use the new round of funding to expand its offering and address sleep, stress, and fertility issues.

Needed is a pregnancy nutrition and education company that supports optimal nourishment before, during, and after pregnancy. Its products are currently sold directly to consumers and through a network of health practitioners (doctors, doulas, nutritionists, and more). It was founded by Julie Sawaya and Ryan Woodbury in 2017.

Needed co-founder Julie Sawaya told Crunchbase: “Most women see an OB-GYN as their primary care provider, and an OB-GYN often, while well-meaning, isn’t trained in nutrition and they don’t have a fluency of what the options are for supporting women from a natural and preventative perspective. That is why we created Needed.”

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