LIVONGO ADDS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TOOLS FOR NEW PARENTS

Chronic disease management startup Livongo has add a new program for new and expecting parents to its suite of behavioral health tools. The new tool aims to ease the stress associated with transitioning to parenthood with a bevy of offerings like interactive videos and guided meditations.

Why This Matters: Up to 80% of new mothers experience negative feelings or mood swings after they give birth, per American Pregnancy Association. And perinatal mood and anxiety disorders — which can affect women and their families during and after pregnancy — cost the US healthcare system nearly $3 billion in maternal healthcare spending.

Notable Quotes: “Parents undergo a period of transition during pregnancy and new parenthood which can affect behavioral and physical health along with impacting the entire family ecosystem,” Scott Cousino, Livongo’s SVP of behavioral health, said in a statement. “Engaging individuals at a time when they can best use additional insights and tools is crucial. Our personalized digital support resources are interactive and work with the member to access the exact support they need, while improving outcomes and reducing the cost of care delivery.”