Podcast 048: Jane Chen: How a Global Community of Moms Can Save Premature Babies Around the World

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My guest today on “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Jane Chen, co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer and of Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. how a Stanford graduate program project helped save 200,000 premature babies in the third world countries
  2. how Jane is using the Tom’s Shoes’ model with Little Lotus Baby products to fund Embrace preme warmers to be distributed throughout the world
  3. how your company can participate in a gifting program that helps these preterm babies in the poorest corners of the world

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Bio: About Jane Chen

JANE MARIE CHEN is the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise startup that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. The Embrace infant warmer costs about 1% of a traditional incubator and is estimated to have helped over 200,000 babies to date.

Most recently, Embrace Innovations  launched a new line of baby products for the US market called Little Lotus Baby, which uses NASA inspired technology to keep babies at the perfect temperature so they can sleep better. They are using a Tom’s shoes model: for every product sold, a baby is helped in a developing country by the Embrace infant warmer.

Prior to Embrace, Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries. She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China (Chi Heng Foundation) and worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania.  She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies.

Chen has been a TED Speaker, and was selected as one of Forbes’ Impact 30 in 2011. She has been recognized as the Inspirational Young Alumni of the Year by Pomona College and was featured in Stanford’s “Tradition of Innovation.”

Chen speaks at various international conferences, including the Skoll World Forum. In 2012, Chen was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum,  and was featured in Dove’s “Real Role Models” campaign for women and girls. Chen is a TED India Fellow, TED Senior Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, and Rainer Arnhold Fellow.

In 2013, Chen and the other co-founders of Embrace were awarded the prestigious Economist Innovation Award, under the category of Social and Economic Innovation. In the same year, Chen and her co-founder were also recognized as Schwab Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by the World Economic Forum.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.