Sonder Health Expands Maternal Telehealth CapabilitiesSep 25, 2021
Sonder Health and BehaVR announced their partnership to offer NurtureVR, a first-of-its-kind way to liberate expectant mothers from stress, anxiety and fear through the power of virtual reality, as an additional support tool to users of Sonder Health’s telelactation and telenutrition clinical services. When combined with BehaVR’s NurtureVR program, the Sonder Health telemedicine platform provides moms with 24/7/365 support that brings connection and calm to the pre- and post-birth experience. It also aims to support health providers at a time when understaffing is a daily concern.
Sonder Health’s lactation consulting and nutrition counseling takes place through live virtual visits via a mobile device, tablet, or computer. The secure video visits are HIPAA compliant and accessible online as scheduled or on-demand appointments. All providers are licensed, certified, and trained in telehealth delivery for clinical quality standards and emergency management protocols. Lactation consulting services are compliant with World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
“Many women do not receive help for behavioral health issues, lactation or nutrition support until they discover there is a major problem,” said Lauren Majors, IBCLC, co-founder and president of Sonder Health. “We want to change that and give moms the support they need when they need it. Our partnership with BehaVR allows us to reach even more women and babies with the care they deserve.”
With modules covering everything from nutrition to lactation to labor, NurtureVR is designed to regulate the anxieties and fears that come with the most critical phases of pregnancy. It continues through birth with eight weeks of postpartum content, covering issues such as maternal-baby bonding, partner intimacy, stress management and hormonal and emotional changes. NurtureVR also allows women the option to personalize skin tones, environmental settings, and breastfeeding style — all in the spirit of cultivating empathy for the self and creating a deeper connection between them and their babies.
NurtureVR was developed and piloted in partnership with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, Ca. in 2020, and the outcome of a deeply collaborative process with moms, physicians, nurses and midwives. NurtureVR is built on decades of research into VR’s ability to mitigate pain related to pregnancy, create experiential learning environments, reduce stress, and improve wellbeing.
About BehaVR BehaVR is a new kind of digital therapeutics company dedicated to tackling the epidemic of anxiety-related challenges and disorders, to help curb chronic disease at scale. Partnering with the country’s leading academic institutions, research institutes and pharmaceutical companies, we innovate at the intersection of behavioral science, virtual reality, and community design to develop immersive, evidence-based experiences that change peoples' lives. At the core of our products is our stress, anxiety, and fear extinction (S.A.F.E.) protocol. S.A.F.E. builds a powerful foundation of short-term coping skills and long-term resiliency tools — giving people agency over their own health, and generating value, change, and better clinical outcomes for all stakeholders in the healthcare system.
The BehaVR Scientific Advisory Board includes leading researchers and authorities in the fields of behavioral neuroscience and medical virtual reality technology, including Walter Greenleaf, Ph.D., Hunter Hoffman, Ph.D., and Adriaan Louw, PT, Ph.D. For more information, visit http://www.behavr.com.
About Sonder Health Sonder Health provides evidence-based telehealth solutions and services to hospitals, health systems, health plans, health-oriented companies and directly to consumers. Sonder Health also provides pre-designed programs that feature a vast specialty-specific provider network designed to help expand patient access to necessary holistic care. Key specializations include tele-lactation consulting and tele-nutrition counseling where patients receive professional consultations at home or in a health facility through live virtual visits via a mobile device, tablet, or computer. The nationwide telehealth provider network provides secure video visits from International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and Registered Dietitians in all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.sonderhealth.com.
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