Investing in Health | April 18, 2022

Theia scores $6.4 million for maternal health in Brazil

Roodgally Senatus
ImpactAlpha Editor

Roodgally Senatus

ImpactAlpha, April 18 — More than 80% of births in Brazil are via cesarean sections, far above the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 15% for optimal maternal and neonatal outcomes. Sao Paulo-based Theia has provided consultations to more than 1,000 pregnant women this year with obstetric nurses, gynecologists, pelvic physiotherapists, pediatricians and other health professionals. The female-led company, founded by a pair of Stanford MBA grads, says it has reduced the incidence of C-sections to 65% among its patients.

Founders Flavia Deutsch and Paula Crespi, who are both currently pregnant, are working to make Theia’s services more accessible and affordable for women. The company’s patients pay between 200 and 400 reais ($42.50 and $85) for consultations.

8VC, Canaan and Kaszek Ventures invested in Theia’s $6.4 million seed round.