The national data hasn’t changed in the past decade - the risk of pregnancy-related deaths for Black women is 3-4 times higher than that of white women.
So, a startup has designed a technology platform that allows users to monitor their health, and connect with medical care and health providers like lactation consultants, through video conferencing and group discussions - and Serena Williams is investing in it!
“I am incredibly excited to invest and partner with Mahmee, a company that personifies my firm’s investment philosophy,” Serena Williams, who almost lost her life giving birth, said in a statement. “Given the bleak data surrounding maternal death and injury rates, I believe that it is absolutely critical right now to invest in solutions that help protect the lives of moms and babies.”
Mahmee connects with health providers so that women with Medicaid, which reaches more women who are low-income and Black, can connect with the Mahmee’s system if it’s offered by the hospital.
And this $3 million dollar investment isn’t it for Serena - it’s just one of more than 30 investments that she’s made through her firm Serena Ventures.
We are most affected by the maternal mortality crisis, and Serena is showing how we can build solutions to the problems that affect us.