Serena Williams, Mark Cuban invest in company working to end black maternal mortality
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Tennis champion Serena Williams and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark CubanMark CubanSerena Williams, Mark Cuban invest in company working to end black maternal mortality O'Rourke to headline OZY Fest in New York WHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race MORE have both invested in Mahmee, a company working to end maternal mortality, which just ended a $3 million funding round.

“I am incredibly excited to invest and partner with Mahmee, a company that personifies my firm’s investment philosophy,” Williams, who donated through her organization, Serena Ventures, said in a Monday statement from the company. “Given the bleak data surrounding maternal death and injury rates, I believe that it is absolutely critical right now to invest in solutions that help protect the lives of moms and babies." 

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Black mothers are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than white ones, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Williams shared that she almost died after giving birth to her daughter in a personal essay published last year on CNN.com, detailing that 24 hours after her delivery she suffered from a blood clot in her abdomen.

Mahmee builds an “online dashboard” to connect mothers and infants with health care professionals, with technology that “proactively engages, checks on and monitors patients through 'maternity coaches' and escalates concerns to doctors so that mom and baby's care plan stays up to date and critical red flags aren't missed,” according to the press release. The service is sold through hospitals and health systems.

Cuban praised Mahmee’s “tech solution.”  

“My investment reflects my confidence in the strength of this team, and the value of their mission: to fill a major gap in the existing health care system that very few others are tackling," the "Shark Tank" co-host said. "This tech solution is helping usher in the future of maternity health care."  

Mahmee said the funding round will be used to grow the company’s team of engineers, clinicians and sales staff. 

Black maternal mortality has been the subject of legislation and investigations on Capitol Hill this year. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar endorses Sanders presidential bid Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president Pennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature MORE (D-Mass.) and 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis MORE (D-N.J.) have introduced the Healthy MOMMIES Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to prenatal, labor and postpartum care, while Reps. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodHouse Dems introduce bill to fight social media disinformation House passes bill to revamp medical screenings for migrants at border The Hill's 12:30 Report: All eyes on Pelosi as calls for impeachment grow MORE (D-Ill.) and Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsTo boost minority serving institutions, bipartisan Future Act needs immediate action Ensuring AI benefits everyone, tech must have a diverse pipeline Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-N.C.) formed the Black Maternal Health Caucus in April.