August 23, 2023

Empowering Motherhood: The Black-Owned App Revolutionizes Pre And Post-Natal Care Through Technology

The Aster app was created to help women keep track of their pregnancy, communicate with a care team on the app and book appointments and remote monitoring.

Founder of Aster FiFi Kara created the app after witnessing her family’s distress as her nephew was brought into the world.

“After an emergency CAT 1 C-Section delivery, he required over seven minutes of resuscitation before he took his very first breath,” she wrote on LinkedIn.

“The fact that both my nephew and sister are now thriving feels like a miracle, yet this narrative is sadly all too familiar.”

The United States is the most dangerous and expensive high-income country for childbirth, especially for Black and Indigenous women.

Black women face a nine times higher risk of maternal death than their white counterparts, regardless of wealth. 

“For Black women in particular, pregnancy in this country can feel like a gamble; you hope to not become another statistic in an annual report,” wrote Kara.

Aster App

Kara announced this week that three months ago, she resigned from her role supporting Meta’s Health team and founded Aster – a company dedicated to addressing this ongoing challenge.

The app will provide continuous at-home monitoring for mothers pre and post-natal, 24/6 support, and accessible clinical guidance.

Aster works with providers, such as midwives and OB/GYN doctors, to provide care, and if you don’t have an existing provider, Aster can connect you with one in their network.

There is a selection of educational content and weekly midwife-led group sessions.

“Each day without progress is a disservice to the millions of expectant parents,” Kara concluded. 

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.