Because every mother’s journey matters…
Alimus originates from Latin and translates to “we support” or “we nourish”. Its meaning represents Alimus’ vision of supporting all mothers-to-be and improving their pregnancy and birth experience. Founded in 2021, Alimus mission is three-fold:
- Reducing maternal and newborn mortality, especially with an effort to close the racial disparity gap at labor and delivery
- Decreasing unnecessary labor interventions, and subsequently reduce health care spend
- Providing pregnant women support to achieve healthier pregnancies, improve their birth and immediate post-partum experience
Over the past decade, multiple large scale studies, such as from the National Library of Medicine, WHO, Cochrane, ‘Birth: Issues in Perinatal care’ to cite a few, have proven that birth doulas are one of the most effective tools to accomplish all of the above objectives. Subsequently, to realize our vision, Alimus’ goal is to provide access to highly qualified and reliable birth doulas to all women, by
- Ensuring all our doulas meet Alimus’ high quality standards, reducing uncertainty, varying standards and complexity that exists in the market today
- Working with employers, health plans and value-based health care systems to ensure access to doula support is at no or minimal cost to the mother-to-be
- Leveraging Alimus’ matching platform and expertise to find the right doula for each mom-to-be
About the founder
Kirsten has more than 15 years of business, leadership, and operational experience, including working for The Boston Consulting Group and Teach for America. When becoming a mother 10 years ago, she saw the need to provide better maternal care to women, lower maternal and infant death rates and reduce healthcare costs.
Comparing different pregnancy and birth support models across the globe, giving birth myself four more times under various circumstances, including a still birth, and reading medical studies, the evidence mounted that our current system was lacking. The key differentiating factor to reduce intervention rates, lower mortality and improve the birth experience, however, research showed is a simple one: emotional and physical support. When 2020 highlighted the racial injustice in the US, including a huge disparity in birth outcomes and treatment between white and non-white mothers in the US, I felt it was time to make Alimus a reality in order to provide all expecting women support.
Alimus was founded with the objective to give all mothers access to meaningful support during pregnancy, labor, and post-partum. Alimus pairs pregnant women and birth doulas, ensuring quality standards and controls are in place, while having the employer, health plan or provider cover all or most of the cost for the services provided.