Couples having trouble conceiving will know that the App Store is full of peak fertility monitors that may work, or may not. In the last 48 hours, springwise.com uncovered Glow. Backed by big data and the business nous of PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Glow is an app that could truly increase the chances of pregnancy, and its creators are confident enough that they will pay for infertility treatment if it doesn't.
The founders of Glow believe that many would-be parents fail to get pregnant because they don’t have enough information to track their peak fertility and end up believing they can’t have children. The app lets women track their period, work out their fertile windows and see if they need to be more active in their sex lives. It also helps them to keep on top of the tasks that can help pregnancy, such as stocking up on ovulation kits and sending reminders to partners to avoid warm temperatures that can kill sperm. Through the Glow First scheme, every couple pays USD 50 a month to use the app, and must try to conceive for ten months while using it. If users get pregnant, their money has been well spent. If they’re still struggling after ten months, the money from the community fund is used to pay for treatment at an infertility clinic. Other families can then be happy in the knowledge that their money is being used to help others have a child.
But, as the phrase goes, there's more!
BleepBleeps is a kit of friendly characters that can help parents raise their children from conception to teenagehood.
Each member of the BleepBleeps family can be connected to users’ smartphones, delivering useful data to help make parents’ jobs a bit easier. Firstly, couples looking to conceive can make use of Olivia P Sticks — which uses urine testing to check if potential mothers are ovulating — and Master Bates, which tells male partners if their sperm count is healthy. If pregnancy is achieved, Ultra Stan enables parents to see a live ultrasound on their phone. When the child is born, other characters offer motion-sensing and video baby monitoring, health tests and GPS location checking. The video included introduces all of the characters. BleepBleeps give parents the tools to help them conceive, as well as keep track of their kids once they’re born, packaged in a fun and engaging way for both parents and children. How else can technology help take some of the load off parents?