Young(or to-be) parents are certainly aloof to the complex responsibilities of pregnancy and parenting. BabyChakra is one such social discovery mobile platform that wants to help parents, in India to care better for their family. And to successfully do so, the company has received an undisclosed Series A funding from Seattle-based heathcare firm RoundGlass.
The company plans to use the fresh influx of capital to invest in product development, strategic hires and creating localized content. Prior to this round, BabyChakra has managed to bag seed investment from Mumbai Angels, the Singapore Angel network and Arihant Patni.
Commenting on the investment, Sunny Singh, founder of RoundGlass, says,
Supportingthe health and wellness of mothers and babies is the foundation of building a healthy future. BabyChakrahas created a powerful online resource for parents.
We want to help build platforms like BabyChakra that offer online resources and education for parents – to help our newest generation thrive. I believe that digital health solutions can have a profound impact on India and that BabyChakra delivers an invaluable resource for parents
BabyChakra is a first-of-its-kind parenting platform that was started in 2015 to fill the critical void for an online repository on pregancy and child-care. The aim of the company is to become a go-to platform for resources and info on conception, birth, pregnancy and early childhood development. It currently helps you discover all you need: from doctors, playschools to events, daycares and much more.
Commenting on the inception of BabyChakra, CEO & co-founder, Naiyya Saggi, says,
We created BabyChakra for two reasons: one because young couples are essentially raising children in nuclear families with no support system to fall back on. Parenting can be very isolating and many first-time parents need guidance and reassurance or immediate access to urgent questions.
Secondly, this same community of young couples are also highly-active online consumers who use the internet to find homes, to seek guidance on technology purchases, and look for recommendations for restaurants and travel destinations.
Since its launch in February last year, the Android app has over 25,000 downloads and the website is seeing over five million visitors on a monthly basis. The company also boasts to have the largest community of mothers and childcare experts on its platform — with over 500k mothers visiting regularly to seek advice and support. They also help others on the platform by sharing their recommendations and lessons learnt during their journey through preganancy.
In addition to the community, the platform also provides preganant women, mothers, or young parents with access to reviews of more than 25,000 maternity and childcare services. This platform could become the ultimate one-stop solution for women looking for preganancy related content and services.