by Lara Everly, Director
My first son came two months early. We still don’t know why and may never know. It was a textbook pregnancy. I was active and healthy and everything looked great along the way. A couple days before I went into labor, my husband and I hiked in the sand dunes of Death Valley. No cell phone service. It feels risky in hindsight but then it never occurred to me that I could go into labor that early. …
by Molly Dickens, PhD, Head of Content and Community
We want to raise a glass to the 10,000 Bloomlife moms who helped chart a course to revolutionize maternal health.
These women have created something monumental: The largest dataset on physiological changes during pregnancy. A dataset that is helping to unlock the mysteries of the pregnant body and dramatically impact the problematic chasms in women’s health research and maternal health care.
For many expecting parents, the possibility of losing their child before birth is terrifying. Stillbirth claims ten times more babies than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and ranks as one of most difficult and tragic birth complications. However, despite claiming 2.6 million babies worldwide, the causes and warning signs of stillbirth still remain a mystery. In order to improve birth outcomes worldwide and prevent more parents from facing this devastating moment, we need new, innovative solutions. We need the ability to better assess and predict the state of fetal wellbeing.
This is the goal of the BEATLE project.
“Fetal movement and fetal heart rate are the two indicators of fetal health today. Unfortunately, fetal heart rate is limited to hospital settings, and there is no tool to objectively and accurately monitor fetal movement. We are excited to be part of the research to quantify fetal movements and fetal heart rate in ambulatory settings.” — Dr. Wilfried Gyselaers, MD, and Principal Investigator at Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg in Genk…
At Bloomlife, we believe in the power of supporting moms from pregnancy through postpartum. Too many moms in the United States struggle to find the help they need in this critical window of care for their health and the health of their babies.
We want to help change this.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re happy to announce our partnership with Epic, a global non-profit startup, for our newest initiative: Moms Support Moms. For every new Bloomlife mom, we will donate $1 to Epic to support social organizations working directly with at-risk moms to affect change in lives every day. Through our initiative, we aim to provide new moms with the support they need to thrive in motherhood.
Will you join us in our mission?
Over 15 million babies will be born prematurely this year.
The effects of preterm birth (a baby born before 37 weeks) range from the emotional to the costly to the devastating. Despite the fact that global preterm birth rates continue to rise, solutions that effectively predict, prevent, or treat simply do not exist in a clinician’s toolkit.
At Bloomlife we aim to change this.
“Is my baby ok?”, “Am I going into labor?” — These questions are not only top of mind for every expecting mother but are also critical questions for the teams providing care to women at risk for preterm birth or other pregnancy complications.
Last week we proudly announced two prestigious grants that will move us towards our goal of finally answering these critical questions. The grants will enable us to further develop our groundbreaking pregnancy wearable for remote fetal monitoring and labor detection (both preterm and term). The projects received a total of $2.3M …
Insomnia during pregnancy might win as the cruelest joke ever played on a person building another person. And it’s common — over 50% of pregnant women experience insomnia and over 75% of pregnant women report problems with sleep. But instead of casting aside sleep trouble as one more thing to deal with during pregnancy, new research suggests that it might hold the key to understanding a mystery that continues to plague the medical community: preterm birth.
A new study found that insomnia contributes to an increased risk for preterm birth. Of the three million records analyzed by our partners at the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative, 14.6% of women with diagnosed insomnia gave birth to premature babies (born before week 37) while less than 11% of the normal population had the same birth outcome. …
Ok, let’s start with the frustrating answer to the simple question, “Are these contractions normal?”
A “normal contraction” is a relative term.
Understanding what are normal contractions may depend on several factors. Is your body still in prep mode? Or are you heading into labor? Are you halfway through pregnancy? Or right at the end? But having answers to these questions is only the beginning. To truly answer the question “Are these contractions normal?” may require understanding what is normal for you above all else.
Unsatisfying answer, we know. But don’t close this post in frustration! …
Birth might be our single most unifying experience as humans. Everyone has experienced at least, and at most, one. We just do not remember it. But do you know who does? Our moms.
M: It was a bit of a difficult birth, Marco.
In 2015, 1 in 10 babies were born prematurely. An increase from 2014. We are not the first, and will not be the last to point out that this is a global health crisis — preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death and long-term disability.
These days, it has started to feel like this epidemic is a runaway train. Accurately predicting preterm birth risk is critical since efforts towards stopping preterm labor once it has started are largely ineffective. …