Obstetrics startup raises $3M to connect maternal care teams

Mahmee already services a network of more than 1,000 providers, but will expand its team with Serena Williams, Arlan Hamilton and Mark Cuban's support.
By Dave Muoio
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This morning Mahmee, a Los Angeles-based platform offering pre- and postpartum support to mothers and providers, announced $3 million in new funding headed by ArlanWasHere Investments. Other participants included Mark Cuban, Serena Williams’ Serena Ventures and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund.

WHAT THEY DO

Mahmee’s tool works within a provider’s IT system to link a mother and child’s health records and help keep the care team coordinated. From pregnancy to roughly one year post-birth, the platform monitors cases and highlights those in which a major issue has not been addressed. Alongside a dashboard for the team, mothers themselves are also provided an online or mobile dashboard where they can seek help from lactation consultants, nutritionists and other care providers.

Mahmee’s network includes more than 1,000 providers and organizations, according to the company, and has flagged and escalated more than 1,000 cases with sepsis, postpartum psychosis or other critical care issues.

“In the maternity healthcare process, on the surface there are generally three or four people involved: the mother, the baby, and each of their physicians. What we don’t see are the many other people helping them: nurses, lactation consultants, midwives, nutritionists, therapists, doulas, home health aids, social workers and more,” Melissa Hanna, CEO and cofounder of Mahmee, said in a statement. “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.”

WHAT IT’S FOR

The startup said that it will focus on building its team of engineers, clinicians and salespeople using its new money.

MARKET SNAPSHOT

Mahmee is joined in the obstetrics care management space by fellow startup Babyscripts, which announced a $6 million round in January as well as an acquisition and some partnerships within the last year. Meanwhile, Livongo recently added a suite of behavioral health tools for early and expecting parents.

ON THE RECORD

“We feel Melissa, [CTO Sunny Walia] and the Mahmee team are primed to continue the groundbreaking work they’re doing in femtech space in a robust and profitable way,” Arlan Hamilton, founder of ArlanWasHere Investments, said in a statement. “I’m consistently in awe of the talent and prowess from the management team, and excited by the sheer vastness of the market opportunity. This is truly one of those cases where by doing good (in some cases saving lives), the team can do well.”

“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,” Serena Williams, professional tennis player and founder and CEO of Serena Ventures, said in a statement. “Mahmee’s data-driven approach is the right solution to one of the most significant problems in the system: that of fragmented care.”