BUSINESS: Parenting App Huckleberry & Harvard Center For The Developing Child Reveal Data Linking Infant Sleep To Parental Mental Healthcare Challenges

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Huckleberry, an app that pairs data science, pediatric sleep experts, and AI to help navigate parenting challenges, is releasing the results of a pilot study that examines how a scalable, app-based sleep intervention can impact infant sleep and parental mental health, specifically for low income families. The study was conducted as part of the Harvard Center on the Developing Childs (HCDC) Scaling Impact Portfolio.

It is common for new parents to experience spikes in stress. Families with low income are at a particularly high risk for developing sleep-related problems, and in turn, experiencing the negative effects associated with poor sleep due to excessive stress in their environment.

Mothers are at particular risk. They may experience loneliness as a result of physical recovery, breastfeeding more often, extended parental leave and other factors. Lack of sleep can also worsen depression symptoms in mothers with postpartum depression. The Huckleberry study examined the maternal level of anxiety, depression and stress in low-income families caring for young children and dealing with sleep-related problems. Out of the 79 participating families, 93% of participants who implemented at least some of their sleep plan reported an improvement in their childs sleep. In addition:

77.7% of participants who began with a non-normal level of depression moved into the normal range
88.8% of participants who began with a non-normal level of anxiety moved into the normal range
87.5% participants who began with a non-normal level of stress moved into the normal range.

Studies have shown that the social impact of sleep deprivation contributes to nearly three-quarters of parents feeling cut off” from social life after having children, lending itself to feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. There is an inequality around access to mental health services that needs to be addressed and this study sheds light on the fact that families, especially those of low-income, need to be properly supported,” said Corey Ann Zimmerman, Chief Program Officer at Harvard Center on the Developing Child.

Overall, the intervention was effective with more than 90% of participants saying that it improved their infants sleep. These findings show that sleep is crucial for mental health and well-being. You can read more about these findings, how sleep impacts families and what you can do to create a conducive sleep environment on Huckleberrys blog.

Huckleberry has made a commitment to make health and wellness, as well as pediatric expertise, more accessible to every family. They offer a free app and paid plans starting at 5 per month. Because of the increased mental and financial strain on families due to the pandemic, Huckleberry also introduced a pay what you can” program in early 2021 and has given away nearly 4,000 subscriptions since the companys inception.

About Huckleberry
Huckleberry is an app that pairs data science, pediatric sleep experts, and AI to provide accessible, expert advice to every family. The company has served 1.2 million families across the globe with custom sleep guidance, maintained a 4.9 star rating on the Apple App Store, and raised $16 million in venture capital funding from Morningside Ventures, Spero Ventures, and Tamarisc Ventures. For more information, please visit or follow on Instagram @huckleberrycare.

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