Tennis professional layer and mother to a 22-month-old, Serena Williams has collaborated with Mark Cuban to invest $3 million seed funding in a startup working toward filling the critical care gap in postpartum care, “Mahmee”.
According to the co-founder of Mahmee, Melissa Hanna, The network was built to get new moms the support they need from their community, other moms and medical providers.
The support network, Mahmee does not only provides online group discussions with other moms going through the same thing and at the same stage but it also serves as a connection to your medical provider.
Also, it adds support from a trained “maternity coach” who can detect if something is wrong.
“We’re so focused on delivering a healthy baby that mom gets side-lined”.
“And this industry is lacking the IT infrastructure needed to connect these professionals from different organizations to each other and to follow and monitor patients across practices and health systems. This missing element creates gaps in care. Mahmee is the glue that connects the care ecosystem and closes the gaps.”
The support network, which goes beyond social support to providing engagement and patient monitoring, also makes money through group and individual video calls, the introductory session with a coach is free) and various support groups.
Hanna explained that although it’s early days for her startup, but there are more than 1,000 providers in the Mahmee network so far, adding that she plans to use the $3 million to grow her team, including engineers, clinicians and sales staff, and hints she’s working on several partnerships within the healthcare industry right now.