Meet the Dads That Founded Owlet

In anticipation for Father’s Day, we’re introducing you to the amazing fathers who brought Owlet to life. But before we dive in, I want to share a few observations regarding these men. First of all, coordinating a photo shoot is not easy – especially ones involving children. These men (with the help of their amazing wives) owned every minute of it. I was impressed to see how genuine and sincere each interaction was with their children during the entire session. As the day went on, it became increasing clear to me that these men are fathers first. Their passion to help children and infants around the world starts in the home. As a father myself, I know how hard it is to maintain a work-life balance and these guys get it. I’m grateful to know each of them personally and can’t wait to see what they dream up next. – Evan Griffin, Brand Director – dad to Vienna 6, Rome 4 and London 2

 

Kurt Workman – CEO & Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Be more patient. My biggest regret as a father has been that I wasn’t more patient with my first child. I realized parenting is tough and new for me but everything was new for my child. Literally he was doing everything for first time and I needed to see it as an opportunity to teach rather than an opportunity for me to be frustrated.

Kids: 2 (Ages 3 & 1)

Favorite Children’s Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama

 

 

Jordan Monroe – Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Realize that your kids can teach you about being happy and how to be in the moment. It’s really easy to want to just get from point A to point B and get frustrated that your kid is not walking fast enough. Instead I try to enjoy whatever is slowing down my son. We might get detoured by a bird for 20 minutes or a puddle for 15 minutes but the reason my son wants to stay and see/play with it is because he is interested and is enjoying himself. I try to enjoy it with him and it makes me a more patient and happy dad.

Kids: 2 (Ages 2 & 10 months)

Favorite Disney Movie: Zootopia

 

Zach Bomsta – CTO & Co-founder

Age: 29

Dad Tip: Be sure to find time each day to truly be in the moment with your children and not just physically present. This is harder than it sounds when you have so many things competing for your attention. Email, deadlines, notifications; they can all wait.  Spend quality time with your kids.

Kids: 2 (Ages 4 & 2)

Favorite Snack Time Treat: Oreos

 

Jacob Colvin – International & Co-founder

Age: 33

Dad Tip: Give your kids your best time. It will be tempting or most convenient to give them whatever you have left at the end of the day but that isn’t fair to them. I ask myself, “How do I want my kids remember me?” The answer never is tired, exhausted and stressed with work. Find the time of the day where you can be the type of dad your kids deserve.

Kids: 3 (Ages 8, 6 & 7 months)

Favorite Playtime Activity: Science experiments, building forts and singing silly songs.

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Owlet Smart Sock: Pulse Oximetry in the home

This blog post is part of a series from Dr. Ken Ward. You can learn more about Dr. Ward here

In the decades I’ve worked in maternal and fetal medicine, I have sent at-risk babies home with hospital-grade monitors. Not only were the parents anxious and concerned for the well-being of their newborns but also worried about using the monitor correctly. Unfortunately, the hospital-grade monitors were somewhat cumbersome; large in size with multiple cords attached, and required sensor pads to be attached via adhesive backs to small little feet. Too often, false alarms occurred due to the movements of the infant, which added to the parents’ already anxious state.

The Owlet Smart Sock is a more reasonable monitor for the home setting. It has been extensively tested to validate the accuracy of the device against other oxygen and pulse monitors. The design is more appropriate for home use.

It is impossible for the baby to become entangled in monitor cables since the sock uses a wireless sensor to communicate health information to the home base.

Risks for adhesive-related skin irritations and burns from pulse oximeters monitors are minimized. The sock uses sensors (similar to those used in Fitbit® or the Apple® Watch) that use considerably less power than hospital pulse oximeters which would virtually eliminate any risk of burning the baby. The sock is held securely on the foot by straps, reducing the risk of skin irritations that can be caused by adhesives used with pulse oximeters.

False readings or false notifications are reduced because the Owlet Smart Sock can detect when the infant is moving. Owlet designed a system of notifications that differentiates between a displaced sensor and a significant decrease in a baby’s heart rate. As a result, a very high rate, 99% of Owlet Smart Sock users, have used the device without ever receiving a false notification. This is great news since it reduces the risk of overdiagnosis due to misinformation.

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Meet Dr. Ken Ward

Hello, Owlet Community! I’m excited to introduce myself and start a dialogue about all of the innovative work we have going on at Owlet. My name is Ken Ward. As a Perinatologist and a Geneticist, I have assisted at more than 8,000 births, many for babies at-risk. Throughout my career, I have advocated for empowering parents of newborns and for providing health information through user-friendly tools such as the internet and mobile phone apps.

Recently, I joined the Owlet team as Medical Director. I have turned down many similar positions in the past, but I accepted the Owlet invitation because I was so impressed with the potential of the Owlet Smart Sock to make an important difference in the lives of parents and their babies. In addition, I am impressed with the commitment of the Owlet founders to make a baby monitor that is designed for, and more accessible and appropriate in the home.

I look forward to being a part of the Owlet team and answering any questions you may have regarding Owlet. I encourage you to submit any questions and I will respond them via this forum. For my first post, I’d like to address a question we frequently receive regarding Owlet and traditional pulse oximeters.

 

 

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What People Are Saying About Owlet

At Owlet, our dedication to helping new parents get a little more sleep has not wavered. Parents are still telling us about the more restful sleep and eased-worries they experience because of their Owlet Monitors. And we love sharing their reviews and stories with the world so more parents can hear about the peace of mind that comes from using an Owlet Monitor. Here’s what some of our Owlet family has to say about their Owlet Monitors:

“The owlet allows me to sleep better at night knowing my baby is being monitored. I wish this was available for all of my kids but glad I got to use it for my last one.”

-Aunt Tiffers, Brooksville, FL

“Now that I have had this for several months and have experienced just how much weight has been lifted off my shoulders with the amount of anxiety I had in the beginning, I can easily say that I would have paid double for this thing. I think this is one of the best things a new mom could have. I will use this till it physically won’t fit my daughter any more and I will be sure to use it with my next.”

-BKeener, Manassas, Virginia

“I love this product. I not only use it to monitor my 2mo’s readings during the night but also to know when he is in deep sleep so I can make some noise (be able to move) without waking him up . This gives us better sleep quality and this is highly appreciated with newborns.”

-Ale, Orlando, FL

“As a Nurse Practitioner in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I feel extremely grateful for this product. It works extremely well, and thanks to the three different alarms- we’ve never had to fly out of bed because we know what each alarm signals. Basically, we’ve never had a false alarm because of the way this monitor works. I’m so grateful and confident in the owlet that I recommend it to everyone with a baby. Everyone.”

-T, Edgewater, NJ

“I received this product as a gift (per my request) and it is THE best baby item I have. I love it, plain and simple. I love even more so how you can view your baby’s vitals live when you’re not even at home! I recommend this product to all my friends who have or are expecting babies.”

Sharona, Arizona

 “I love the Owlet! I never write reviews for any products but I feel so strongly about this one and want to share it with other new moms. It gives me peace of mind to sleep every night as a new mom.”

-White, New Orleans

“[I] Am a grandmother. Purchased for daughter and 2 others. All agree that it is best baby product.”

-Susan, Charlotte, NC

“I purchased my Owlet for my daughter when she was 3 weeks old, and my first question was “how was I living without this?!” The Owlet gave my husband and I such peace of mind!!”

-Kimberly, Ohio

“We love our owlet! It was a gift from my mom and we have slept great since having it. It gives me a peace of mind and allows me to sleep while my baby sleeps!”

-Sydnee Stanco, Menifee, CA

“As a new Mom that worries about everything, this product absolutely lessened my anxiety at night and during naps when I first brought my daughter home.”

-AMK, Wisconsin

“I got the owlet after talking with a friend who had it and absolutely love it. It is the only reason I get a good night sleep.”

-New mom, Sioux Falls, SD

“Such a great product! We have had almost no troubles out our Owlet and when we did have a problem with it charging, customer service took care of the problem right away. My son has showed absolutely no discomfort from using it. The Owlet has been such a blessing and probably saved both myself, my husband, and my son lots of sleep. It is reassuring to wake up in the middle of the night and see that green glow… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!”

-Wildcat84, Pikeville, KY

“I wanted to post something about my experience with our Owlet baby monitor. We purchased ours back in February of last year shortly after watching a video about how it worked and what it did. When my daughter was born she was a bit premature being born at 36-1/2 weeks. Making sure she was safe was our biggest concern.

Our Owlet allows my wife and I to get some much needed rest when the little one is asleep. Knowing that a third pair of eyes was watching over her was a huge weight off of our shoulders. When we could sleep we rested a little bit easier knowing that our Owlet was helping us keep our baby girl safe. I can’t begin to thank you guys enough for this product.”

-John Q, Great Falls, MT

“I love the peace of mind this brings. I suffered from post partum anxiety after our first child and my husband told me we were buying this regardless of price with our second so I could sleep and not worry so much. It made a huge difference.”

-Lindsay, Houston, TX

 

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