It was only when Northern Irish entrepreneur Nuala Murphy had her first child that she realised that not every mother experienced a trouble-free pregnancy. With perinatal depression on the rise and awareness of the condition on the decline, the driving force behind Moment Health set about establishing a business which challenges the concept that maternal mental-ill health can be simply summarised as ‘the baby blues’.
According to the Murphy, the need for a technology company like Moment Health is supported by maternal mental health statistics in the UK: up to 20% of women develop a mental health problem during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, with a cost to the National Health Service surpassing £8.1 billion. With suicide a leading cause of death for women during pregnancy, the Belfast-based businesswoman has established the world’s first digital service which screens for antenatal & post-natal depression, as well as their associated mental conditions.
Aside from Moment Health’s advanced screening function, the app also offers a massive, user-rated repository for coping strategies, as well as a social support network to connect users with others at various stages of pregnancy. The value behind Murphy’s tech venture has been recognised by TechStart NI, who awarded Moment Health with a substantial early stage investment.
However, this entrepreneur is recognised for more than her combating maternal mental ill-health with technology. Murphy established Lean In’s Belfast and Ireland chapter, fostering support networks between female entrepreneurs across Ireland. Nuala’s position in the Global Lean In Movement, combined with her passion and drive have earned this entrepreneur a position in Northern Ireland’s 2017 ‘Top 40 Under 40’ list.