Next week, Babyscripts announces their new product enhancement: remote monitoring for maternal health. In a webinar led by Anish Sebastian, CEO and co-founder of Babyscripts, participants will be introduced to the mental health issues facing mothers today, and the value of technology for managing mental health in pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.
Mental health issues have always existed in pregnancy, but many barriers — stigma not least among them — have prevented mothers from speaking up about them or accessing necessary care. Now with the world bracing for a second wave of the pandemic and heading into winter and the holiday season — times that are known for spikes in mental health issues — the need to provide mental health support and education to mothers is more critical than ever.
Even before the pandemic forced practices to transition the majority of care to digital, technology was being weighed as a means to bridge the barriers that prevent 57% of Americans who need mental health care from receiving it.
Mothers and new mothers are particularly vulnerable to this failure to receive treatment, partially because prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety is severely underidentified, underreported and underdiagnosed. Additionally, the traditional safety nets for these women — the friends, family and community that might identify and recognize their struggles with mental health issues — have been removed by pandemic restrictions and replaced by isolation, compounding the problem.
Technology can reach these women, often anxious to leave their homes even for a doctor’s appointment, offering them a safe and convenient way to assess their mental state and access resources and solutions, and connecting them to their care team and provider when they report concerning symptoms.
Yet while research has identified the benefits of technology for managing mental health, it has also uncovered risks. As with many digital health tools, data privacy is a major concern, and development frequently outpaces regulatory measures and industry-standards that can help evaluate effectiveness.
In developing their product enhancement, the team at Babyscripts has taken these concerns into account, working closely with clinical advisors to understand the sensitivities and barriers involved. Join us for our webinar to learn more about the maternal mental health landscape, and how Babyscripts developed a solution to help providers and care teams coordinate to best meet the needs of our moms, to make sure no one slips through the gaps.