The winning innovations are technology-based solutions that help providers remotely monitor the health of pregnant women, and empower women to make informed decisions about their own care. Each team won a share of a $145,000 prize.Continue Reading
To positively impact women’s health during pregnancy and up to 1 year postpartum
Some topics covered:
Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels. A mother's blood pressure is an important measurement in pregnancy and after the baby is born.
Breastfeeding, or nursing, is when you feed your baby breast milk, usually directly from your breast. Breastfeeding is a personal decision that brings benefits to both you and baby. It’s a good idea to talk with your family and healthcare team to find out if breastfeeding is right for you and your baby.
Having a baby can be very stressful. Pregnancy, childbirth and taking care of baby can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Many women also have often added costs to prepare for the baby's arrival.
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to convert sugars (glucose) in food to energy. The sugar (glucose) stays in your blood and causes high blood sugar levels which can cause complications. It develops when your body doesn’t make enough insulin, or doesn't respond to the insulin properly.
Did you know? What you eat during pregnancy, your baby also eats? Taste preferences can start being developed during pregnancy. It's important to eat healthy now for you and your baby.
Physical activity during pregnancy is good for you and baby!
New mothers often have many questions about their health, their bodies and their emotions. You’ve spent the last nine months experiencing pregnancy, you’ll now spend the next few months experiencing postpartum. This is a time to honor your role of birth giver and to take care of your health.
Health starts where we work, play, learn, eat, and sleep. Problems in any of these areas can affect your health. Differences in your social, economic, and environment can be barriers to a healthy pregnancy.
Georgia is one of the most dangerous places in the country for maternal health. The state ranks 50th, dead last for maternal mortality, which means more pregnant women and new mothers die in Georgia than in any other state. Doctors at Augusta University health are trying to improve maternal health in Georgia. Dr. Marlo Vernon just got more funding for her pregnancy care app and we talked to her about it on Wednesday. “I’m a mom of 5,” says Dr. Vernon, an assistant professor in Cancer Control, Prevention, and Population Health in the Georgia Cancer Center. Health for moms and babies is more than just part of Dr. Vernon’s job. The topic is her passion...Continue Reading
By remotely monitoring and educating new moms after they go home, health care providers are catching potentially fatal conditions, like heart failure and stroke, that often go undetected because doctors say mothers aren’t prioritized after pregnancy. GPB’s Sofi Gratas reports.Continue Reading
The inspiration for Dr. Marlo Vernon’s app comes from a family tragedy. When her cousin, Caitlyn, was 38 weeks pregnant, she woke up one morning with a terrible headache. “When her headache didn’t go away, she ended up in the hospital and had a massive stroke,” Vernon said. “They were able to save her child but not her. I don’t know if what I am working on today could have prevented that but it definitely is inspiration and motivation to prevent someone from losing their mother, their cousin, their sister, their wife.” Doctors at Augusta University health are trying to improve maternal health in Georgia. Dr. Marlo Vernon just got more funding for her pregnancy care app and we talked to her about it on Wednesday.Continue Reading
The COVID-19 pandemic proved there’s an increasing need for advancements in telehealth. While some basic forms of medical care are straightforward to handle remotely (e.g., wellness visits, mental health), care that requires hands-on monitoring is much more difficult. One area of telemedicine that’s seen recent growth—and is primed for more—is prenatal care. While maternal mortality have dropped, there were still 17 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in the U.S. in 2018. Now, medical device companies around the world are working to bring maternal telehealth options to more moms-to-be in the hopes of lowering the mortality rate and giving expectant mothers more choices for quality care.Continue Reading
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Vernon, M., Yang, F. (2022) Strategies and Challenges in Rural Georgia Public Health Research for the Development of vidaRPM Remote Pregnancy and Postpartum Monitoring app to improve the health of rural and underserved women living in Georgia. Georgia Public Health Association.