This post is sponsored by BehaVR, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s been almost nine years since I first saw those two blue lines on a pregnancy test that catapulted me into this thing called “motherhood”. The start of motherhood was so hard for me. There was a severe lack of resources through my first pregnancy that seeped into that first postpartum period, not to mention the entire birthing process. I was uneducated, young, didn’t know how to advocate for myself, didn’t have the necessary resources, and felt so much shame and guilt when it came to my mental health struggles postpartum. How do I breastfeed? Why is my baby not latching? Why do I feel so lonely? Why am I crying so much? What’s going on with baby’s development this week? What should I expect during labor? What should I be eating postpartum? How can my partner be included more throughout this journey? The questions are endless.
For the past few months, I’ve had the honor of using some of the most important technology I’ve gotten my hands on- probably ever. This is something I wish I could’ve had during my first pregnancy, but even during my fourth or fifth pregnancies- it would’ve been SO helpful, so educational, and the perfect guide as I transition from pregnancy to postpartum once again.
NurtureVR (by BehaVR) is a maternal health and wellness virtual reality program designed to support expectant moms and their families through the third trimester, labor and delivery experience, and postpartum phases. This is not just another pregnancy app — it’s an immersive journey rooted in education and experience. This is where accessible technology meets compassionate care.
How it works:
- You step into a new world.
- Your attention is held.
- Your brain’s four learning centers are activated.
- You have an opportunity to work on that which makes you feel stressed, anxious or fearful.
- New experiences and memories are encoded more efficiently, regardless of how you learn.
- Your motivation is boosted.
- Your routine is more easily changed and integrated.
- You experience change.
Here’s some fast facts to get you acquainted with NutureVR:
It begins in Week 27 of pregnancy (the third trimester) and continues eight weeks postpartum (a 22 week program, give or take your babe’s arrival). It educates on the impacts of acute and chronic stress on pregnancy. It offers dynamic, personalized 3D views to help moms visualize the weekly growth of the baby in the womb. It offers mindfulness sessions to ease labor and delivery. There’s “fourth trimester” education on topics like hormonal change, nutrition, and emotional regulation. There’s also breastfeeding and lactation training and VR-enabled practice (this would’ve been a game changer for me with baby 1 and 2). I also love that you have the ability to involve family and other loved ones in the pregnancy experience. With all of this knowledge and empowerment, there can be lessened feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, and isolation, which contribute to the likelihood of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
There are some amazing features of NurtureVR. NurtureVR is customizable and individualized for each woman. It is continuously refined for all lived experiences. It includes a companion app for tracking progress. It offers education and care to the whole family. It helps facilitate intimate connection and bonding. And the ultimate goal is sustained, improved health for both mom and baby.
Using this program from the comfort of my own home, versus taking an online course or going to an in-person meeting is a game-changer. I was so much more comfortable and I was able to give it my full attention, being immersed into a virtual reality of education.
Now, why is this so important??
I am living proof.
15-21% of pregnant and postpartum women experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) symptoms including depression, OCD, postpartum stress and psychosis. I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and depression after each of my children were born and with the first two, I had ZERO resources or help.
During COVID, a shocking 71% of expectant moms reported stress at moderate to high levels. Women who experience PMADs, high levels of prenatal stress or negative affect are 6x more subject to shortened gestation and preterm birth, leading to long-term physical and behavioral health challenges for both mom and baby.
The U.S. has the lowest mom-baby mortality rate of any developed country in the world, with a disproportionate impact on minority communities (the challenges above are 6x worse for Black women and 4x for Indigenous women than for white women).
Paternal postnatal depression is also “wildly common,” says psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD. About 10% of fathers become depressed before or just after their baby is born, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
These statistics speak for themself. WE. NEED. MORE. RESOURCES. More education. More help. More answers.
This premium, innovative program is available with a one-time payment of $599, which
includes a Pico Interactive headset, full six months of content, and shipping. As part of my
community, you get early access to a special discount you can use or gift to a friend, for $50 off: THEGARCIADIARIES