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Enhancing the detection and prevention of preterm births

 

About Garbha Health

 

In 2016, the founders of Garbha Health, LLC set out on a mission to bring more healthy babies into the world. Through its unique risk stratification technology, Garbha Health is helping to identify pregnant women who are at risk of preterm birth, allowing for earlier treatment and targeted intervention.

 

Garbha means "womb".

The womb is critical for the earliest stages of life.

Preterm Birth

 

A preterm birth is one that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due. Every year, an estimated 15 million babies (more than 1 in 10) are born preterm, which accounts for the leading cause of death among children under five years of age.

Today, the rate of preterm birth is highest among racial and ethnic minorities. In the United States, the percentage of preterm births by race and ethnicity is highly disproportionate:

9%

of Caucasian Babies

10.4%

of American Indian &
Alaskan Native Babies

9.1%

of Hispanic Babies

13.3%

of African American Babies

While a preterm birth poses serious medical concerns for the baby, it also places physical and emotional strain on families and a financial burden on health plans, providers and employers. In the United States, the annual societal economic burden of preterm birth is at least $26.2 billion, or $51,600 per baby born preterm. However, promising research shows that three-quarters of preterm births can be prevented with interventions.