Mae, a digital well being platform that gives being pregnant and postpartum assist for Black individuals, introduced its launch with $1.3 million in pre-seed funding.
The spherical was led by SteelSky Ventures with participation from Avestria Ventures, MBX Capital, Rhia Ventures, and the Social Begins Well being and Happiness Fund.
WHAT IT DOES
Mae presents a being pregnant tracker, customized life-style and care suggestions, and entry to culturally competent consultants like doulas, lactation consultants and being pregnant coaches.
“We can’t impression maternal well being outcomes within the U.S. with out focusing our instant consideration on the huge, life-threatening inequities impacting Black moms and our infants,” CEO Maya Hardigan stated in an announcement.
“Mae is reshaping the expertise of Black expectant and new moms by serving as a trusted, culturally related useful resource. As a Black mom, Mae is the useful resource I want I’d had throughout my very own pregnancies.”
WHAT IT’S FOR
The corporate stated the pre-seed funding will go in the direction of its long-term purpose of turning into a value-based, supplemental care choice for pregnant Black individuals.
In 2019, the maternal mortality price for non-Hispanic Black ladies was 44 deaths per 100,000 reside births, two and half occasions greater than the speed for non-Hispanic white ladies and three and half occasions the speed for Hispanic ladies, in line with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Pregnant individuals within the U.S. are additionally extra more likely to die from being pregnant or childbirth problems in contrast with these in different high-income nations, in line with a report by the Commonwealth Fund. Within the U.S., individuals face a scarcity of maternal care suppliers, aren’t assured entry to house visits after beginning and should not have entry to paid depart.
“Black maternal healthcare is a nationwide disaster,” Maria Velissaris, founding associate at SteelSky Ventures, stated in an announcement. “Whereas structural and systemic bias proceed to plague our healthcare system, options like Mae are important to empower ladies to entry, educate and advocate their approach to higher outcomes.”