Jane's Friday Thoughts: Apps Can Provide Postpartum Care Most Women Never Get

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Jane’s Friday Thoughts are a collection of entries on the state of modern maternity from OB-GYN and Maven Medical Director, Jane van Dis.

For this week’s Friday thoughts, I wanted to share with you an excerpt from an article written by researchers and clinicians that appeared this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. This article provides insight into the changes we are seeing in postpartum care delivery in the US, and how we can fill the multitude of gaps in postpartum care. There is criticism to go around for our "traditional" model of postpartum care in the US. We have treated all women the same. We have ignored warning signs about blood pressure and other ailments. We have, in my opinion, abandoned too many women in the postpartum period. And we have a maternal mortality rate in the postpartum period to show for it. So, how do we fix it?

As ACOG stated in April of this year, we need to close gaps in care in the 4th trimester. That means bringing women to medical care sooner than 6 weeks postpartum, and it means identifying women who are at increased risk for postpartum complications. Maven's postpartum journey is a prime illustration of what closing the gaps looks like. We check in with our users frequently, we are asking them medically and emotionally pertinent questions (nearly 80% of women experience Postpartum Blues, and 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 experience postpartum depression), and we provide care they might not otherwise receive in the days and weeks after the birth of their child. Thus, I was very happy to read in the New England Journal of Medicine article that "Health systems throughout the world are experimenting with various methods for delivering postpartum care, including home visits, phone calls, and electronic technologies such as mobile applications."

You can read the full article here.

And here's a link to more popular press article with some startling statistics and graphs about maternal deaths in the US.

So as you think about how to best support and retain your employees, know that Maven plays an essential role in in closing gaps in care and providing a safer, healthier, and, hopefully, happier and easier postpartum experience for our users who are on that journey.  

Take care,
Jane


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