Fifteen percent of reproductive aged couples globally struggle with infertility. Many turn to infertility treatments which can be expensive, time consuming, invasive, and often ineffective.
Now Mosie Baby — a patent-pending home insemination syringe that’s designed to transfer sperm to or near the cervical opening — is giving prospective parents an affordable, safe, comfortable, and accessible option. It’s the first syringe on the market that’s designed specifically for home insemination.
“Our mission is all about empowering people,” says Maureen Brown, Mosie Baby co-founder and CEO.
She and her husband Marc came up with the idea for home insemination after having trouble trying to conceive. Their first child, a daughter named June, was conceived via intrauterine insemination (IUI), a fertility treatment during which the sperm is placed inside a woman’s uterus.
The first baby
The couple realized their fertility problem might be that sperm wasn’t reaching the uterus. Their friend mentioned she knew people who used the “turkey baster method,” insemination via a common syringe, to get pregnant.
So, the Browns started testing syringes and quickly realized traditional syringes weren’t made for this process. Many were too small, too short, or too abrasive. All of them trapped sperm in the syringe.
Maureen sketched ideas for a specialty syringe that would comfortably fit a vagina and effectively deliver sperm to or near the cervical opening. Rounds of revisions, tests, prototypes, and consultations with fertility experts followed.
“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to improve it,” she says.
The kit comes with two Mosie syringes, a specimen collection cup, and educational instructions. The semen is collected in the cup and then transferred to the vagina via the Mosie syringe.
The syringe and method work. The Brown’s second child, Frank, was the first “Mosie Baby.” He was born in 2016, conceived after a single cycle with Mosie.
Since then, “we have helped over 60,000 people inseminate safely, effectively, and comfortably at home,” says Brown.
While the syringe doesn’t replace or compete with in vitro fertilization (IVF), it’s an additional option for people on a fertility journey.
It can be a fertility option for individuals, couples, and the LGBTQ community. Mosie Baby is safe, private, and affordable. The kit costs $89, compared to the average cost for one IVF cycle, which is $12,000.
The Browns want to normalize at-home insemination without intercourse and help people feel knowledgeable and comfortable about the process.
“We want everybody to have the ability to reclaim part of their journey, and the ability to know that they’ve done everything they could,” she says. “And for many people this is that step for them’”
According to a recent clinical research study, 28 percent of Mosie Baby users got pregnant, resulting in pregnancy rates comparable to IUI. That’s compared to standard IUI rates, which the American Pregnancy Association says are about 20 percent.
The overall rate of pregnancy for people using Mosie with no known fertility issues was 34.7 percent and 22 percent for people with known fertility issues. Additionally, 98 percent of users found Mosie comfortable and easy to use, and 99 percent said it was safe to use.
The kit is also appealing to individuals and couples who want intimacy, comfort, and less relationship stress while trying to conceive.
“Families can be made in a variety of beautiful ways,” says Brown. “Insemination at home is one way, IVF is another, and there should be no stigma in talking about that. People who do insemination are making a baby with love.”
To learn more about the Mosie Kit and Mosie Baby, visit mosiebaby.com.