women are beautiful, powerful, and strong creatures who have been consistently misrepresented and underserved in healthcare, and the force of mental health stigma hits them especially hard. we are a team of bioengineering undergraduates passionate about advocating and advancing maternal and neonatal health by implementing transformative technology to assist mothers through perinatal emotional challenges.
heart rate biofeedback enables mom or caregiver to become closer with baby
wearables for the baby and the mom - sensory connection, patent in planning
awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
On February 27, 2016, fellow friends and bioengineering undergraduates, Niranjanaa Jeeva and Ella Stimson, decided to spend their spare weekend in their freshman year at UC San Diego by going to the local health based hackathon, UC HealthHack, organized by UCSD's Engineering World Health. Niranjanaa and Ella had been friends since high school and had worked on many engineering design based projects together at their high school's engineering academy. The thrill of product design prompted them to continue this into college and brought them there that day to the hackathon.
Standing in line for registration, they herded behind the last person - a strange and hipster sophomore they only knew briefly from their bioengineering program at UC San Diego. This was Julie Yip, bioengineer and young leader within the school's organizations. With much excitement and energy arising, Niranjanaa and Ella were ready to engineer but also be filled with puzzles, mistakes, and humility at this hackathon - a great motivation to learn more and persue their love as future engineers! This team of two deliberated with great eyebrow movement and eye contact to ask Julie to join their engineering clan for this event; but hesitant Julie gave them a mannerly rejection...but was coaxed into joining anyway! Now as a crowd of three ladies they were ready to engineer a solution and have fun.
When the prompt for the hackathon was given to be to find solutions to mental health, the group went down into their deliberation and research. A shy mention was given within the three: "Hmm...what's postpartum depression?" After a few seconds of thought something clicked in each mind in unison. A click that stimulated their passion: Julie, for neonatal and women's health; Niranjanaa, for women's health and justice; and Ella, for women's health and learning new topics. With this click, a latch was formed between the three that would connect them together for years to come.
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perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) is a term that describes emotional conditions that may arise in women during pregnancy and after giving birth.
does not affect functioning
60 - 80% of all births
sadness, irritability, frustration, fatigue
1 - 3 days after birth and up to a max of 14 days
lasts longer than baby blues
has greater impact than baby blues
10 - 20% of all births
frequent crying, anger/irritability, sleep disturbances, anxiety, lack of attachment to child, thoughts of suicide
anytime during the first year after birth
very rare, most severe form of condition
potential risk of infanticide
1 - 2 in 1,000 births
quickly changing moods, racing thoughts, thoughts of harming child, delusional beliefs
can be sudden, as early as a few days after birth
3 - 5% of all births
obsessions, compulsions, hypervigilance, fear of being alone with baby
sometimes experienced alone
sometimes in tandem with depression
10% of all births
rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, moodiness, restlessness, irrational fear, frequent panic attacks, racing thoughts
mostly caused by trauma of childbirth, especially if past trauma has occurred
9% of all births
flashbacks or nightmares, irritability, difficulty sleeping, hypervigilance, feeling of detachment
bipolar mood disorder
3% of all births
periods of elevated moods and severe depression, rapid speech, continuous high energy, overconfidence, hallucinations, delusions, little need for sleep
common within 6 weeks after birth