Maternl© is a portable, secure and interactive electronic Personal Prenatal Health Record.
Maternl© designed for all pregnant women and particulary for those in underserved, urban communities. Many women in urban, underserved communities do not have readily accessible and continuous access to pre-natal care, may get fragmented care at multiple facilities ("unregistered" patients) and may present to a provider in one or more of those facilities who is unfamiliar with her health history, family history and her prior physical examinations and findings, knowledge of which would contribute to a higher quality and safer prenatal visit / encounter. As a portable, mobile, secure and interactive personal health record, Maternl©, designed specifically for pregnant women, replaces the commonly used handwritten "paper card" format to record pre-natal care information. Such a card carried by the patient, sometimes referred to as a "Pregnancy Passport," is sub-optimal in today's contemporary healthcare and health information technology environment.
Maternl© is an original and unique program providing Personalized Original Poetry and other tools to support and comfort familes who have experienced a pregnancy loss or newborn death.
I have designed and developed the foundations of these programs over a long span of my career. As an Obstetrician, my professional mission has involved a striving to bring comfort and healing to children, born and yet to born, and to mothers through their years of childbearing and beyond. I have been uplifted by the triumphs of birth and healing and depressed by the failures. Yet I have always tried to look beyond the failures in search of the triumphs. I have counseled patients at the darkest times of their lives, when their children have died, and I have turned to the comfort of personal reflection, poetry and self-expression to better help me help my patients. Here at Maternl©, along with my companion book, Parenthood Lost, I am sharing these personal poems, essays and thoughts to help comfort those who have endured the tragedy of a Pregnancy Loss and / or Neonatal Death. Unique to Maternl© is the opportunity to re-dedicate an original poem to honor their child (or for someone else's child ) and download this personalized, signed poem.
For those who would like to contribute to the mission of Maternl©, you may select a poem written for other occasions that might be appropriate for you or for your friends, family or colleagues.
Maternl© addresses improving Access to Maternal and Child Healthcare Services with respect, dignity and advocacy.
Maternl© believes that all families must be able to enter and be embraced by a healthcare system. Through its 'GetCare' program, Maternl© can provide not only help with finding and access to to pre-natal care centers and resources, but GetCare foster advocacy and personalized direction to these center by providing a letter of introduction to the center so dignity and respect can be realized and essential pre-natal care services be obtained.