Meet Our Mom Inventors

Nobody understands a real mom’s challenges like a real mom. UpSpring was founded by mom inventors, and mom inventors continue to be an integral part of our business model. Meet some of the innovative women who have made life easier for mothers like you.

CATHERINE BROOKS

INVENTOR OF C-PANTY, C-SECTION RECOVERY UNDERWEAR 

Meet Catherine Brooks, mother of 3 and inventor of C-Panty, After C-Section Recovery Underwear. Catherine Brooks was pregnant with her first child and planned to give birth naturally. And why not, she was a runner, a triathlete and in great shape. Catherine Brooks So when she responded poorly to an injection to speed up her delivery, doctors told her there was a change in plans. For her and her baby’s safety, Catherine would need to have a Cesarean birth, commonly referred to as a C-section, a surgical procedure in which the baby is delivered through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. Catherine was shocked but having worked in the medical field she understood the risks to mother and baby of not delivering via C-section, so she agreed to the c-section delivery. 


The procedure was successful but Catherine was very swollen and had all the symptoms that result from an open abdominal surgery: burning, itching, scarring. Her whole belly was sore and after learning that doctors will often take your uterus (fallopian tubes and all) out of the c-section incision to examine it she understood why.

With her medical and first hand cesarean experience, Catherine couldn’t understand why there wasn’t anything available to alleviate the symptoms of c-section recovery. She thought there had to be something out there to help moms recover better after c-section but all she could find were mesh panties and abdominal binders that didn’t address the incision symptoms for a post-surgical mother.

Catherine devoted the next 18 months to designing and testing post c-section panties that would be comfortable and, most importantly, would help aid in the c-section recovery process which goes on for about a year.

Her solution was a panty to mildly compress the swollen abdominal and incision area with a sewn-in panel of washable medical-grade silicone to hydrate the incision to alleviate the itching and minimizing scars appearance and size. Out of Catherine’s experience was born a unique product, the C-Panty After C-section Recovery Panty which helps ease the post-surgical recovery symptoms for c-section moms. Catherine went on to deliver two additional children via cesarean and c-section moms all over today benefit from her invention, C-Panty.


JANIENE ALLEN 

INVENTOR OF SHRINKX 

HIPS POSTPARTUM COMPRESSION HIP BELT

As a competitive body builder, Janiene quickly went back to her pre-pregnancy weight after having her first baby. She lost all of the baby weight, but like many women, she noticed her clothes never quite fit the same. While pregnant with baby #2, Janiene used her body building background and knowledge about hormonal changes during pregnancy to come up with a solution: a compression belt to wear around her hips postpartum. She wore the belt for six weeks after the birth of her second child, hoping the combination of compression and the hormone relaxin would help shrink her hips. Sure enough, after wearing the belt her hips were 1.5 inches smaller than before she ever got pregnant. 


Janiene passed the belt around her group of friends to see if they would get similar results ... and they did! (Now they’re her friends for life.) Janiene shared her experience with her OB/GYN, and he strongly suggested she do something with her compression hip belt. Shrinkx Hips is the original and only patented postpartum hip compression belt. Shrinkx Hips has gone from a “mom circle secret” to being a must-have product for thousands of new moms around the world.Shrinkx Hips Patent #: US9044309B2