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Mohamed Kamara Launched A Company To Improve The Maternal Health Sector After Losing His Sister And Aunt Due To Childbirth Complications

After losing his sister and aunt due to childbirth complications in 2017, InovCares Founder Mohamed Kamara turned his pain into purpose. He is now making an impact in the maternal health sector.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 20, 2023

Near-Death Experience Leads Founder To Create A Maternal Health Startup That Boasts An All-Black, Women Executive Team

It is repeatedly brought to the attention of Black women that they are not afforded the same considerations as white women while pregnant or following childbirth.

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 7, 2023

Winner Of Pharrell Williams' Black Ambition Prize Launches App To Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

After struggling with postpartum recovery, Courtney Williams set out to improve the maternal health outcomes for others.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 26, 2023

Cayaba Care Raises $12M Series A Funding Round To Advance Maternal Healthcare For Underserved Communities

To advance maternal and pediatric care, Cayaba Care has announced new funding. According to a press release sent to AfroTech, the Black-owned health startup has raised $12 million in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Seae Ventures and Kapor Capital. Wellington Partners, Citi Impact Fund, and Rhia Ventures also participated in the round. To date, the company has raised $15 million with return investments from 100 percent of its institutional seed round funders including Digitalis Ventures, SteelSky Ventures, and Flare Capital.

Samantha Dorisca

May 19, 2022

March Of Dimes Revamps Training For Implicit Bias In Maternal and Infant Health

March of Dimes is enhancing its efforts to raise awareness towards bias in maternal and infant health. According to a press release, the nonprofit organization has announced new changes to its implicit bias training, Awareness to Action: Dismantling Bias in Maternal and Infant Healthcare, designed for professionals and students in healthcare. The program aims to remove inequities plaguing maternal and infant health. According to recent data from the 2021 March of Dimes Report Card Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native women had disproportionate health outcomes in comparison to their white counterparts. “Every person has some level of unconscious bias, but unchecked stereotyping or negative biases about a group of patients can foster misplaced beliefs and lead to poor decision making by providers,” said Dr. Zsakeba Henderson , Senior Vice President and Interim Chief Medical and Health Officer, according to a press release. “Knowledge and behavior change are the first steps to...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 14, 2022

How Serena Williams 'Saved Her Own Life' After A Near Death Experience During Childbirth

In an op-ed for Elle Magazine, Serena Williams opens up about her medical struggles while giving birth to her now four-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. As a world-class athlete, Williams has experienced a fair share of trials and tribulations, but giving birth would prove to be one of her most challenging. “Giving birth to my baby, it turned out, was a test for how loud and how often I would have to call out before I was finally heard,” Williams wrote. Initially, Serena Williams’ pregnancy journey was “wonderful” and she enjoyed the time for the most part, but then it became time to welcome Alexis into the world. Williams was not yet on epidural and she relied on her breath and the techniques she had acquired through birth training. With each contraction, the baby’s heart rate would swiftly decrease and Williams would have to turn on her side to restore it to normalcy. As contractions increased Williams was notified by doctors that she would be having a C-Section because...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 7, 2022

Carol's Daughter, Mama Glow Foundation Commit Over $200K To Impact Black Maternal Health

According to a study, Black women are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. In response, the Love Delivered Initiative will pledge $225,000 over the next three years to provide doula services for Black families and doula education grants for aspiring birth coaches. On a mission to save lives, the Love Delivered Initiative — an initiative created by Carol’s Daughter founder, Lisa Price, and Mama Glow Foundation founder and world-renowned doula, Latham Thomas — will pledge $225,000 over the next three years to provide doula services for Black families and doula education grants for aspiring birth coaches. “Birth is meant to be a joyful, transcendent and empowering event. Everyone deserves to have access to safe, affordable, respectful and dignified care throughout the perinatal continuum.  Mama Glow doulas approach care from a trauma informed framework and can help to support families impacted by injustice and inequity, grounding them with tools...

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 10, 2021

Google Supports Maternal Health Researchers Through Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative

Health disparities are prevalent in Black and brown communities due to the forces of economic inequities and medical bias. Google is lending its hand to provide medical solutions for these communities by supporting six researchers with $300,000 in Fitbit devices and services to spearhead their research for underrepresented communities as a part of their Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative. Fitbit devices are revolutionizing the digital health field by pooling information that can fill in the gaps for medical research. The devices can address the concerns of medical issues plaguing Black and Brown communities such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health. Fitbits have been used in over 900 health studies attesting to their ever-growing value in the medical field, according to Amy McDonough, a Health Solution expert for Fitbit at Google. We spoke with Google’s recipients Dr. Toluwalase Ajayi and Sherilyn Francis to learn about how the devices will advance their...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 6, 2021