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Innovative Student Project Could Yield Radical Improvement In Child and Maternal Health
Crowdfunder: Nathan Neeley of Rubi – the World’s First Passive Pregnancy Monitor
Campaign type: We’re pre-selling a product that is in development
Product or service: Rubi is a wearable pregnancy monitor that uses patented nanotechnology to track fetal movement so that you know just how active your baby is. It acts like a “fitbit” for you pregnancy, but instead of steps and calories, Rubi helps keep track of you baby’s kicks, punches, and rolls, so that you know if they are healthy and active. Without using any harmful ultrasonic waves Rubi passively counts and sends the information to your smart phone, all in real-time.
Anecdote: In 2016, Co-founder Eric Stopper and his wife Kamali’i found out that they were pregnant with their first baby, but they soon realized that their experience was not going to be a good one.
The pregnancy was hard like any other – sickness, stress, and anxiety, but when their son arrived early on October 8th, 2016 he immediately struggled to breath and weighed only 4 lbs.
Their son was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury, which required that they put him in a hypothermic coma in order to keep his brain from sustaining any more damage.
Every day was a battle between life and death, and they were certain that they would lose their son before they ever had the chance to hold him in their arms.
After 30 days of incredible neonatal care, they were able to bring their son home from the hospital in time for Christmas.
After this hardship, Eric and a few other passionate parents teamed up with university researchers to create Rubi, the world’s first passive wearable pregnancy monitor. Because if Kamali’i had Rubi we believe we could have known something wasn’t right with her son Grayson. Avoiding the challenges Grayson will have throughout his life, avoiding the challenges they will have as parents throughout his life, and avoiding the hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical debt thrown on these two young college students.
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