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Leading FemTech Pioneer’s “The Motherload: The weight of limited postpartum support” Survey Shows That Women Face a Trio of Serious Pregnancy & Postpartum Challenges



NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Today, Elvie, the disruptive global FemTech health and wellness brand, releases “The Motherload: The weight of limited postpartum support,” their first-ever report, in partnership with Mother.ly, putting the state of maternal health under the microscope. The study of over 1,000 women with children has uncovered a trio of serious pregnancy and postpartum challenges that mothers currently face. 

Elvie: State of Maternal Health Report

As a female-founded and female-grounded company, Elvie has worked tirelessly to empower women through radical female-first technology that harnesses their incredible biology. The brand is taking this one step further with their newest report, partnering with Mother.ly to unveil research detailing the challenges mothers face when it comes to the fourth trimester, breastfeeding, pelvic floor health and mental health and the intersection between those and technology.

Based on the survey Elvie conducted in February 2024, mothers are finding that they can successfully turn to both family and technology to ease their challenges, but are often left wanting by doctors, employers and their political policy landscape. Findings from the study also uncover that while mothers expect postpartum challenges to occur, they’re often complicated by a lack of strong support and poor maternity leave policies.

“With this new research, we’re demonstrating something those mothers already know: postpartum care in the US is simply not good enough.” says Tania Boler, Founder & President of Elvie. “While they rely on and are comfortable with technology, whether it be a pump, ovulation tracker or pregnancy app, there’s an increase in frustration surrounding unexpected challenges and unknowns when it comes to their maternal health.

“Women are looking to feel as sure in their doctors as they are in their trusted technology. But today’s current maternal health issues – from lack of education and paid leave to physical and mental challenges – are having a tremendous impact on how women navigate both the pre- and post-natal landscape. Better medical, social, and governmental aid are crucial to empower the women raising the next generation.”

Enlisting one of the brand’s largest innovative marketing strategies, Elvie is unveiling their first-ever billboard in Times Square timed to the release of the report, doubling down on its commitment to women and postpartum challenges they face. The billboard’s creative will include an animation flipping through a variety of words relating to challenges that the majority of women in the report faced such as “Baby Blues,” “Bleeding,” “Loneliness,” “Breastfeeding,” and more, to bring to life the often undiscussed issues discussed in the report.

The billboard, as well as additional marketing channels, will lead back to a landing page for the maternal health report featuring different modules of the survey’s findings with a call to action for consumers to download the report and “mama’s game plan,” which includes educational content surrounding fourth trimester challenges.


Majority of new moms feel more prepared to use postpartum technology than to deal with lack of sleep, finding breastfeeding to be the biggest postpartum challenge, alongside untreated pelvic floor issues and compounded mental health & physical health challenges.

Boobie Trapped

  • 83% report breastfeeding for at least 1 month.
  • Breastfeeding or pumping (74%) is the most common need in the postpartum health journey after sleep (82%).
  • The single biggest misconception about postpartum care: thinking breastfeeding would be easier (48%).
  • 84% of moms experienced at least mild breast feeding complications after giving birth; 27% had severe complications.
  • Almost as many mothers stop breastfeeding due to the challenges of breastfeeding than due to natural reasons. 42% stop because of return to work constraints, lack of support, difficulty balancing breastfeeding with other duties, sleep issues, mental health issues, or pain/discomfort. 56% stop because of insufficient supply, a transition to solids, or the baby deciding it’s time.

Let’s (Not) Talk About Pelvic Floor

  • A 56% majority did kegels or pelvic floor exercises before having a baby, but 79% still experienced at least mild pelvic floor issues after giving birth.
  • Only 31% were satisfied with the level of pelvic floor treatment offered after giving birth.
  • Just 19% spoke about their pelvic floor health often with their healthcare provider during their postpartum phase.

Mental vs. Physical

  • 77% of moms experienced at least mild mental health complications after giving birth.
  • Of these, 20% had severe mental health complications.
  • Only 28% say they had good mental health during the postpartum period, but only 31% had professional mental health support.

It’s All About Family

  • 94% felt supported by their partner during their pregnancy experience, and 90% felt supported by their partner during the postpartum experience.
  • 83% considered their partners/family to be supportive to their mental health during their experience.
  • By contrast, only 14% said they felt partner/family support was needed but missing.


Most women understand and rely on technology for postpartum recovery support more than the support from their doctors, but are confused by and lack awareness of postpartum policy solutions.

Technology is Queen

  • 97% relied on technology to support their postpartum recovery. Electric breast pumps (72%) are the most common technology mothers turned to after baby monitors (75%)
  • 75% relied on technology to support their prenatal phase. Smartphone apps (57%) are the most commonly-used technology.
  • 81% say tech products and services made their motherhood journey easier.
  • 68% agree that the tech products/services they used for prenatal and postnatal care played an important role in supporting them. 67% say their tech products were always reliable and 74% say they were well-designed.
  • 26% say the access they had to smart technology, products and services was the most valuable support they received, statistically tied with professional healthcare support (28%).
  • 82% of moms who had access to high tech breastfeeding products say they were effective. By contrast, 77% of those who used a lactation consultant rate the service as effective.
  • 58% felt prepared to take advantage of available tech solutions after their pregnancy, significantly more than the level of preparation for breastfeeding, sleep challenges, childcare and relationship challenges.

What Are The Rules?

  • Only 21% are very familiar with their state’s maternity rights.
  • Only 30% know what the “Pump Act” covers.
  • Most mothers recognize breastfeeding rights, including:
    • 89% the right to a private space (not a bathroom) at work.
    • 84% the right to a break at work long enough to pump.
    • 81% the right to breastfeed in public.
    • 67% believe they have a right to a free electric breast pump.


While mothers understand that postpartum challenges are guaranteed, they’re often complicated by a lack of strong structural support and poor paid maternity leave policies. 

Time Out & Time Off

  • Only 16% expected an easy/quick recovery in the postpartum period, and only 25% felt prepared for this phase as a result of their prenatal care.
  • Only 25% of moms who experienced severe complications predicted they would have significant physical or emotional difficulties in the postpartum period.
  • Only 23% felt very supported by their doctor, midwife, or other healthcare provider.
  • Postpartum challenges were exacerbated by lack of paid maternity leave, which was only available to 59% of moms (64% of those who work full time and 24% who do not)
    • 60% took less than 2 months of paid maternity leave
    • 72% of moms with severe complications were still back to work within 6 months

About Elvie
Elvie is a disruptive global women’s health and wellness brand which uses smart technology to create superior products for women. Founded in 2013 by Tania Boler, Elvie brings together a team of world-class engineers, designers and business minds to develop extraordinary products that improve women’s lives — revolutionizing categories which had been overlooked for many years, including breastfeeding and pelvic floor health.

The first to launch, Elvie Trainer, is an award-winning Kegel trainer and connected app that allows women to take charge of their pelvic floor with expert-designed care from home. Elvie’s second product, Elvie Pump, is the smallest, quietest and smartest (and only Piezo-Powered™) wearable breast pump. Slipping discreetly in-bra, moms can pump, hands-free, whenever and wherever they want.

Elvie now has six products on the market, and continues to expand its product line and innovate new solutions for more women to have access to products that work smarter and harder for their bodies.

In 2021, Elvie launched Elvie Stride, a hands-free, hospital-grade electric pump that allows mothers to express on-the-go without compromising on pumping performance. Stride Plus launched six months later, featuring the award-winning Elvie Stride breast pump, along with a 3-in-1 Carry Bag that includes a wet bag for mess-free travel, and a cool bag and ice pack to keep breast milk fresh. Elvie Curve and Elvie Catch both work to enhance the Elvie breastfeeding range – Elvie Curve is a manual, silicone in-bra breast pump that uses natural suction to optimize milk output, and Elvie Catch is a set of two secure milk collection cups that replace the need for single-use breast pads.

For more information visit www.elvie.com.



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Health Alert: Classic Delight Sandwiches May Pose a Risk of Contamination

Potential contamination alert: Classic Delight sandwiches recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes risk. Take necessary precautions.



Classic Delight sandwich recall due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination risk
Fresh sub sandwich on white and wheat hoagies.(Adobe Stock)

In a recent public health alert, Classic Delight LLC, a food company based in St. Mary’s, Ohio, has announced a voluntary recall of certain individually wrapped sandwiches due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can result in severe infections, especially among vulnerable individuals. While no illness or adverse reactions have been reported thus far, the company is taking proactive measures to ensure consumer safety.

Details of the Recall:
The affected products, produced between May 11, 2023, and June 6, 2024, were distributed to several states, including Arkansas, California, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These sandwiches may have made their way into food service distribution, convenience stores, and vending machines. To assist in identifying the recalled items, here is a list of the specific products:

  • 7060 Classic Delight Twin Chili Cheese Dog
  • 514713 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 311 Classic Delight Turkey Ham and Cheese Sub
  • 551697 Wakefield Ham Cheddar Pretzel Croissant
  • 314 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Sub
  • 648899 Wakefield Chorizo Egg Ciabatta
  • 6731 Classic Delight Turkey Cheese Round
  • 806604 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Muffin
  • 6757 Classic Delight Twin Breaded Chicken Sliders
  • 806612 Wakefield Ham Egg Cheese Croissant
  • 7626 Classic Delight Breaded Chicken Waffle
  • 806620 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 73131 Nutrisystem Turkey Sausage and Egg Muffin
  • 806638 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 176586 Wakefield Pretzel Bacon Angus Cheeseburger
  • 806646 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin
  • 176594 Wakefield Southern Chicken Biscuit
  • 806653 Wakefield Bacon Cheeseburger
  • 195263 Wakefield Spicy Hawaiian Sliders
  • 806661 Wakefield Blazin Chicken
  • 514711 Wakefield Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
  • 806679 Wakefield Charbroiled Cheeseburger
  • 514712 Wakefield Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit
  • 806687 Wakefield Chicken and Cheese
  • 942821 Wakefield Sausage Egg Pancake

Reasons for Recall:
Classic Delight initiated the recall after routine environmental testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company is actively collaborating with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the origin of the issue. As a precautionary measure, production of the affected products has been halted until the source of contamination is identified and resolved.

Action Steps for Consumers:
If you have purchased any of the recalled Classic Delight sandwiches, it is crucial to take immediate action to safeguard your health and well-being. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Discard the affected products if they are still in your possession.
  2. For a full refund, return the recalled items to the place of purchase.
  3. Any concerns or queries can be directed to the Classic Delight Consumer Hotline at (419)-300-3202, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time. Alternatively, you may contact them via email at info@classicdelight.com.

Health and Safety Measures:
While there have been no reported cases of illness linked to these products thus far, it’s important to remain vigilant. Should you experience any symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, or diarrhea after consuming these sandwiches, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Classic Delight’s voluntary recall underscores their commitment to ensuring the safety of consumers. By swiftly addressing the potential risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination, Classic Delight is taking proactive steps to protect public health. Remember to check your refrigerators or storage areas for the listed products and follow the recommended actions to minimize any potential harm. Always prioritize your well-being and stay informed about food recalls to make educated choices about the food you consume.

Company Contact Information

Consumers:Classic Delight Consumer Hotline (419)-300-3202 info@classicdelight.com


Press Release: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/classic-delight-llc-issues-public-health-alert-due-possible-health-risk


About the FDA?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA or US FDA) is a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by overseeing food safety, tobacco products, caffeine products, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed, and veterinary products.

The FDA primarily enforces the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) but also enforces other laws like Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. This includes regulating lasers, cellular phones, and condoms, and controlling diseases in household pets and human sperm for assisted reproduction.

The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, reporting to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Robert Califf is the current Commissioner as of 17 February 2022.

The FDA’s headquarters is in White Oak, Maryland, with 223 field offices and 13 laboratories across the US, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since 2008, the FDA has posted employees to various foreign countries like China, India, Costa Rica, Chile, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)



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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy 101: What every student-athlete should know



(Family Features) You may find it difficult to wrap your mind around the idea of an energetic student-athlete with a cardiac diagnosis. Heart conditions may be more often associated with older individuals, but you might be surprised to learn hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common condition responsible for sudden cardiac death in young athletes. In fact, it’s the cause of 40% of sudden cardiac death cases.

It’s estimated 1 in every 500 adults living in the United States has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to the American Heart Association, but a significant percentage are undiagnosed. More than 80% of individuals who experience this condition show no signs or symptoms before sudden cardiac death. While sudden cardiac death is rare, it can occur during exercise or in its aftermath. That’s why it’s important for student-athletes and their loved ones to learn more about this condition and talk to a doctor about their risk.

With proper knowledge and the support of a skilled care team, it’s possible to manage hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with heart-healthy actions to prevent complications or worsening cardiovascular conditions like atrial fibrillation (a quivering or irregular heartbeat), stroke or heart failure. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy awareness and education for athletes by the American Heart Association is made possible in part by a grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

What is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common form of inherited heart disease and can affect people of any age. It’s defined by thickening and stiffening of the walls of the heart. The heart’s chambers cannot fill up or pump blood out adequately, so the heart is unable to function normally.

There are different types of this condition. Most people have a form of the disease in which the wall that separates the two bottom chambers of the heart (the septum) becomes enlarged and restricts blood flow out of the heart (obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).

However, sometimes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy occurs without significant blocking of blood flow (nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). The heart’s main pumping chamber is still thickened and may become increasingly stiff, reducing the amount of blood taken in then pumped out to the body with each heartbeat.

What are possible symptoms?
Symptoms can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • heart palpitations
  • fatigue

The severity of symptoms can vary, but if you experience them or if you have a family history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or sudden cardiac death, it may be a good idea to speak to your doctor about whether you have this condition.

For some people, symptoms can get worse and new symptoms can appear over time, resulting in people dealing with harsher effects and a diminished ability to do the activities they love. This decrease in functions can be one of the most challenging aspects of the disease. Keeping your health care team aware of any new or changing symptoms allows them to work with you to develop a plan to manage these symptoms and reduce their impact.

How is hypertrophic cardiomyopathydiagnosed?
Medical history, family history, a physical exam and diagnostic test results all factor into a diagnosis. A common diagnostic test is an echocardiogram that assesses the thickness of the heart muscle and observes blood flow from the heart.

If anyone in your family has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, other heart diseases or has been told they had thick heart walls, you should share that information with your doctor and discuss the need for genetic testing. Because this condition is hereditary, first-degree relatives, which include siblings and parents, should be checked.

Learn more at heart.org/HCMStudentAthlete.

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American Heart Association



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Soft Drinks Recall: Undeclared Ingredients Pose Health Hazards

Recalled soft drinks by Charles Boggini Company contain undeclared ingredients, posing health hazards. Stay informed for a safer choice!



In a recent development, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall on three soft drink products produced by Charles Boggini Company. The recall was initiated by the company due to undeclared ingredients in their Pink Lemonade, Cola Flavoring Base, and Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X. These undisclosed components have now been classified by their risk level, helping consumers make informed decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.

Understanding the Risk Levels:
The FDA classifies health hazards into three levels: Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I indicates the most severe risk, where the product has the potential to cause “serious adverse health consequences or death.” Class II signifies that exposure or use of the product might result in temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences. Class III denotes a situation where the product is unlikely to cause adverse health consequences.

Recall Details:
The recalled soft drinks include 28 gallons of Pink Lemonade, 2,723 gallons of the Cola Flavoring Base, and 112 gallons of Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X. The Pink Lemonade and Cola Flavoring Base were classified as Class II health hazards, while the Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X products received a Class III categorization. It’s important to note that these recalls were voluntary and initiated by Charles Boggini Company in March this year.

Undisclosed Ingredients:
The Pink Lemonade was found to contain undeclared FD&C Red No. 40, the Cola Flavoring Base contained undisclosed sulfites, and the Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X contained undeclared FD&C Yellow No. 5.

FD&C Red No. 40:
FD&C Red No. 40, also known as E129, is a red dye used in a wide range of products worldwide. While various organizations agree that dietary exposure to this dye is generally not a health concern, some studies have suggested potential links to allergies, migraines, and mental disorders, particularly ADHD in children. Consequently, the FDA mandates that any product containing this dye must declare it as an ingredient. Failure to comply can lead to product recalls.

Sulfites, commonly used as preservatives in food products, were found in the Cola Flavoring Base. Although the FDA requires sulfites to be declared in food products with a level over 10 ppm (parts per million), some individuals may have sensitivities to sulfites. These sensitivities can manifest as skin reactions, digestive issues, or respiratory problems.

FD&C Yellow No. 5:
The Yellow Lemonade and Yellow Lemonade X were found to contain FD&C Yellow No. 5, also called tartrazine or E102. This synthetic food dye is commonly used in soda, colored candy, and pastries. For individuals with asthma or an aspirin intolerance, allergic and intolerance reactions may occur.

Customer safety and well-being are of utmost importance, and the voluntary recall by Charles Boggini Company, along with FDA classifications of the health hazards posed by undeclared ingredients, demonstrates their commitment to consumer protection. By being aware of the potential risks associated with undisclosed ingredients, individuals can make informed choices and support a culture of transparency in the food and beverage industry.

Check out the article in Newsweek.




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