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 CubanDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Wisconsin bill would require playing of national anthem at taxpayer-funded venues The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - New video of riot unnerves many senators 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 PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (D-Mass.) and 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory BookerCory Booker'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis It's in America's best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distribution ABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent MORE (D-N.J.) have introduced the Healthy MOMMIES Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to prenatal, labor and postpartum care, while Reps. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodIn America, women are frontliners of change New cyber panel chair zeros in on election security, SolarWinds hack Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely MORE (D-Ill.) and Alma AdamsAlma Shealey AdamsHouse Democrats call on Biden to fill Postal Service Board vacancies to pave way for ousting DeJoy Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely Black maternal health omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers MORE (D-N.C.) formed the Black Maternal Health Caucus in April.