Although the ways in which we build our families have changed considerably over the last few years, healthcare systems and social expectations are slow to adapt. People identifying as men need and deserve support through their family-building journey, no matter what path they’re on—whether they’re supporting their partner through pregnancy, dealing with infertility, navigating the adoption process, or adjusting to life with a newborn.

The most commonly booked appointments for men on Maven include:

  • Mental health providers
  • Career coaches
  • Adoption and surrogacy coaches
  • Fertility specialists
  • Hormone therapists
  • Pediatricians
  • Parenting coaches

How does Maven help men grow and build their families?

Maven’s virtual clinic offers men access to a wide variety of family health providers, in addition to a library of virtual classes and clinically-vetted articles. Maven offers assistance for a variety of male-specific reproductive and family health needs, including:

  • Male factor infertility
  • Adoption and surrogacy support
  • Mental health treatment
  • Parenting advice and support

Male factor infertility

Infertility, defined as being unable to conceive after a year or more of unprotected sex, affects up to 15% of couples annually—and between 40 and 50% of these cases are due to male factor infertility. When diagnosed, male-factor infertility can lead to intense feelings of shame, embarrassment, and emasculation. This can have serious consequences on a couple and consequently on their mental health.

Maven’s family building & fertility program offers men access to fertility experts, mental health support, referrals to high quality partner clinics, and at-home fertility tests to help members navigate infertility.

Adoption and surrogacy support

Adoption and surrogacy are costly endeavors from a physical, emotional, and financial perspective. For men, support here can make a huge difference in their outcomes: men are two times more likely than women to adopt, and for same-sex couples, surrogacy may often be the only choice to have a biological child.

However, both adoption and surrogacy can be incredibly expensive and difficult processes, requiring thousands of dollars in legal fees, clinic fees, and treatments that often go uncovered by insurance. Likewise, adoption by single men or same-sex couples still faces intense stigma and discrimination around the world. Maven offers bespoke mental health support for members pursuing adoption and surrogacy, fertility education, and adoption and surrogacy coaching, in addition to family building expense and reimbursement management through Maven Wallet.

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Mental health treatment

Between nine and ten percent of American men experience depression each year, and although much of the dialogue around postpartum depression (PPD) centers on mothers, new dads are subject to PPD as well. Estimates suggest that between 4 and 25% of dads experience depressive symptoms within two months of delivery. Similarly, men often face stigma when seeking mental health treatment, and untreated mental illness costs the U.S. $113 billion annually. For dads, that can mean worse outcomes for their families, their children, and even their employers.

With Maven, dads at any stage in their journey can seek mental health support, parenting advice, and counseling through our provider network. Care Advocates can build a team of providers that understands their unique needs and situations, including race, background, and sexual orientation.

Parenting advice and support

During the pandemic, parents reported extreme levels of stress and burnout as a result of expanded childcare responsibilities alongside working from home. There was no playbook for managing remote school and remote work, all with no little to no support. But even before the pandemic, parenting was never easy. But dads often have to learn how to parent their children and support their partners while fighting social stigmas and expectations. These stigmas are further compounded for stay-at-home and single dads. Consequently, 52% of dads report difficulties balancing work and parenting.

Through Maven’s Maternity and Parenting and Pediatrics tracks, dads can receive parental coaching, career coaching, lactation support (which is especially helpful for single dads), and infant sleep coaching, in addition to clinically vetted content and an engaged community of parents on the platform.

Saurabh, a Maven member and first time dad, used Maven to help him understand what his wife was going through, and learn how to be a better partner and father. “Maven gave me more confidence in the process and the right information from experts that has been really helpful and easy to understand. Maven helped me be a better partner during pregnancy and as we plan for the baby to come.”

To find out how Maven can help the dads in your organization, request a demo today.

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