At The Motherload®, we are passionate about mental health, so we were really excited to discover Moment Health. Moment Health is a new technology company that aims to prioritise Maternal Mental Health and provide new mums with the tools and knowledge they need to sustain good mental wellbeing, from pregnancy through to parenthood. We had a chat with founder Nuala, to find out more…
So what exactly is is Moment Health?
Moment Health is a new company that aims to use technology to deliver support in order to improve, and even save lives. It offers a range of easy-to-use and inclusive tools for new mums, including a website, an active and welcoming online community and an innovative app, which features a mental health symptom checker, an emotional diary to track moods and identify triggers, and a directory of local support services.
What is Moment Health’s mission and purpose?
First and foremost, the Moment Health mission is to connect mothers and new parents with the tools and knowledge they need to sustain good mental health.
Currently, it’s estimated that 20 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men experience symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression during pregnancy or early parenthood.
Postnatal depression and its many forms are clearly common, and research shows that not enough is done at present to support good mental health during these early stages – which is where Moment Health comes in.
Is Moment Health something to use once you already have Postnatal depression?
Of the 20 per cent of cases reported for women, 15 per cent of those develop during pregnancy, so early intervention is crucial for successful recovery. Our aim is to provide the necessary tools to support this early intervention.
Pregnancy and parenthood is an exciting time, yes. But it’s also life-changing and enormous and it doesn’t always come in a perfect little package. We want parents to know they are not alone, and provide them with all the resources and support they’ll need as they go through this incredible – and at times incredibly challenging – milestone.
What does the Moment Health app do, and who is it for?
The Moment Health app is aimed at new and expectant mums.
It will screen for perinatal, postnatal and associated anxieties, and include additional features such as a helpful guide to practical and accessible coping strategies.
Our app is committed to making maternal mental health mainstream. When a mum or mum-to-be downloads the app, she will have access to lots of easy-to-use tools including an early intervention symptoms checker, a mood tracker, a location tool so he or she can find the resources they need that are close to them, and more.
Can I connect with other mum through Moment Health?
Yes! We have a safe and thriving online community of like-minded new and expectant mums and we’d love you to join us any time you like or feel ready.
We want to make sure people have a positive experience with our Moment Health Community, that’s why our first rule is No Judgement. It’s a space for our members to share openly, react with empathy and maintain a safe, supportive environment.
Moment Health founder Nuala says “There is a really clear vision here to support and encourage support among strangers and friends on our parenting journeys”
Our Facebook Community mirrors the mission of The Motherload® as a supportive and non-judgemental community for mums. We too are totally honest about parenting especially the side of parenting that not many feel comfortable talking about. We invite all MOLOS to come and join us in our mission to make maternal mental health mainstream.
What about the partners and relatives of new mums – can they use Moment Health too?
Moment Health benefits all kinds of people. It not only supports new parents and helps keep them safe, it also works for employers by showing their employees they care about their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families. It also supports healthcare providers and clinicians in providing early intervention and positive solutions for their perinatal and postnatal patients.
Moment Health benefits relatives of new mums, too. Whether you’re a partner, parent, guardian, aunt or sister to a new mum or parent, we recognise your role in supporting your loved one as they journey through pregnancy and parenthood.
We can work with relatives of new parents by offering practical guidance and reassurance for parents through our suite of offerings – the website, online community, app and more.
After all, it really does take a village.
Disclaimer: This article forms part of sponsored promotion with Moment Health.