August 11, 2022

Black-Owned Health Platform Raises $1.5M For Postpartum Support App

Black-owned digital health platform, She Matters has closed a $1.5 million pre-seed investment fund. The funding round included participation from Oxeon Ventures, Chingona Ventures, New York University, The Fund, and Techstars. 

The platform, co-founded by Jade Kearney and Marguerite Pierce, is a social networking platform designed to support Black mothers who experience postpartum comorbidities.

The organization provides mothers access to a community, culturally competent healthcare, and culturally relevant resources. Additionally, they train healthcare providers on culturally appropriate healthcare and help them understand Black women’s challenges. 

She Matters’ original mission was to raise awareness of postpartum anxiety and depression, especially among Black women. By connecting women with culturally sensitive therapists, Kearney saw an opportunity to help Black mothers during their postpartum period. 

“We’ve since changed to focus on healthcare networks and independent healthcare practitioners. And we’re focusing on postpartum comorbidities,” said Jade Kearney in an interview with TechCrunch. 

“So that includes postpartum mental illness like anxiety and depression, but also preeclampsia and hemorrhaging, which are two of the biggest postpartum comorbidities Black women experience.” 

She Matters hospitals the opportunity to buy a subscription to the app and allow their patients to access it as part of a care package. The company currently has six employees and hopes to use the funding to expand its staff and services by the end of the year. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.