BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The COVID-19 pandemic may have transformed nearly every aspect of our society, but babies continue to be born. Over 2 million babies will be born in the US in the next six months. Pregnant families and new parents are isolated, worried about contagion, and facing birth and postpartum without helpful visitors and with fewer resources than before.
Boober, the beloved platform that connects expectant and new parents to lactation support, birth doulas, postpartum support, and licensed mental health therapists is once again answering parents' desperate calls for help. The startup has quickly shifted to provide virtual assistance to ensure that expecting, birthing, and new parents continue to receive the critical help they need to thrive in the face of this pandemic.
"Helping expectant parents and new families find expert maternal care is at our core," says boober founder Jada Shapiro. "We are committed to always finding the best way to deliver that critical help, whatever the circumstances."
BOOBER'S VIRTUAL MATERNAL CARE PROVIDERS HELP NEW PARENTS THRIVE DURING THE ISOLATION OF COVID-19.
While boober is passionate about in-person care, it is committed to making sure parents can always get the critical support they need, even as the mandates for social distancing become the norm and hospitals are shutting their doors on labor support—and sometimes partners. All care providers on the boober platform now use a secure video telehealth platform to provide virtual care, including lactation support, virtual doula services, postpartum assistance, and mental health support. One-on-one phone sessions are also available. "My provider's very clear explanations made our remote consultation equally as effective as an in-home visit," said one happy mother, following a recent virtual lactation visit, "Would highly recommend!"
BOOBER IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION IN CHANGING TIMES.
The company has been very active in helping families get resources, information, and answers in real-time. Boober maintains a COVID-19 resource page and runs free webinars with OBGYNs, pediatricians, and board-certified lactation consultants, which have attracted thousands of expectant and new parents.
WITH ANXIETY SKYROCKETING, BOOBER LAUNCHES A NEW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
In this climate, new parents are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and stress due to isolation, fear of birthing in hospitals overrun with coronavirus patients, a lack of clear answers, and economic challenges. This need has prompted boober to shift its attention toward providing mental health services. Boober is now matching new parents to virtual licensed mental health therapists who specialize in supporting parents during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and early parenting.
BOOBER PERFECTS THE VIRTUAL DOULA IN RESPONSE TO THE LIMITATION ON SUPPORT PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS.
Pregnant people are turning to virtual doulas to prepare and get them through birth. Virtual doulas on the boober platform can provide continual video support on a laptop or phone, giving vital emotional and informational assistance. They can share visual guidance on pain relief tools and techniques, help reduce stress, and provide comfort. (Doulas can also be available by phone or text 24-7, should continual video support not work or be preferable.)
BOOBER VIRTUAL VISITS ARE AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE: MORE HELP FOR MORE PEOPLE.
In the past 2 years, boober has helped over 3,500 families in the NYC metro area get in-person support. With the addition of virtual care, boober is now assisting families across the country. With parental requests coming in from Michigan, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hawaii and more, boober has also seen a surge in care providers joining boober from all over the country.
While the company is committed to re-introducing in-person care as soon as safety allows, boober's greater reach through virtual care allows the company to continue to deliver on its mission of transforming healthcare experiences and outcomes for families.