Motherboard Birth provides evidence-based information to birthing families, helps them make decisions and build a visual birth "plan," aka a "Motherboard," and helps them to communicate their wishes with their provider and birth team.
This podcast explores the journey of creating tech for birthworkers and is full of tips and ideas for anyone interested in pursuing a tech solution for better birth options.
The US is a maternal health system in crisis:
- One out of three babies are born by cesarean (2-3x what the World Health Organization recommends)
- One out of three women describing their births as "traumatic"
- Maternal mortality rates are the worst of the developed world and are climbing
Amy's goal may seem audacious, but Motherboard's high tech/high touch platform is a timely tool as the US examines the complexity of maternal health. and reviews proposals and recommends funding to the donor. The Transforming Birth Fund has awarded $6.5 million to support its vision, that all women have access to the level of maternity care they want and need, and maternity care systems support them in doing so.
Amy resides in Denver, CO with her husband Paul and six beautiful children. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2005 and has since applied herself to many different artistic venues. No matter what her passions are, they frequently mix with her passion for visual art and she loves experimenting with new concepts, mediums, and ideas.
The Mandala Journey started as a way to meditate, process emotions, and prepare for the birth of her third daughter. Amy is a childbirth assistant (doula), artist, birth activist, mother of six, and founder/CEO of Motherboard Birth.
For over a decade, Amy has provided hands-on support to hundreds of families during the childbearing year. Amy saw a need for better education and better communication between parents and their care team. She is passionate about helping parents understand their options and make decisions based on the best available information, and reducing disparities in maternal health outcomes by building tools for parents, tools for providers, and a platform to connect the two.
How to network with Amy:
@FB Birth Educator Group
People, places and things mentioned on the podcast:
Birthing from Within
Birth Becomes Her
the Lean Startup - book
the Birth Nurse - Mandy Irby
Denver Start up Week
Nurse Family Partnership
Elaine Baca, Dallas Birth Photographer
Child Abuse Council Quad Cities