Harper and UK fertility clinics to provide mental health fertility support programmes
Harper, a mental health platform designed to deliver personalised care to support patients receiving fertility treatment, has announced the first three clinics to make its service available to patients.
The company has partnered with a majority of the UK’s leading fertility clinics including GENNET City Fertility, Harley Street Fertility Clinic, and King’s Fertility.
Research shows that 200 million babies will be born through IVF by 2100, resulting in clinics becoming a major source of conception and an ever-growing source of demand for fertility support.
40% of women experiencing infertility have a psychiatric diagnosis with depression or anxiety, and studies on patients undergoing IVF treatment showed that stress has a dramatic effect on the success of their pregnancy. Patients who receive psychological interventions or are part of a mind/body programme, including those provided by Harper, show a 12% higher pregnancy rate.
Harper is on a mission to advance human health span by pioneering novel science in mental health, from diagnostic to personalised care. The company has developed a mental health program designed to deliver personalised emotional health support through the power of technology and human empathy. The company aims to meet the mental health and well-being needs during the fertility journey of patients and their partners.
Mithi Thaya, Founder and CEO of Harper said: “At Harper we sit at the crossroads between mental health and health conditions to help every single patient going through treatment. Firstly, to help the journey, as it is extremely difficult, but secondly, to help with the success of the outcomes. We are contributing to their mental and physical condition. For the first time ever, we are seeing a support system that improves the patient's journey, which is why we are so proud of the partnerships with the UK’s leading fertility clinics.’
Harley Street Fertility Clinic is a world leading, family-run, boutique fertility clinic, offering bespoke treatment and personalised care to help patients in their fertility journey, whether it’s to start a family or preserve their fertility.
London-based GENNET City Fertility is part of private equity-owned FutureLife Group - a specialist provider of assisted reproduction services through 42 clinics across Europe, with over 39,000 IVF cycles each year which bring over 10,000 new babies into the world.
Dr Geetha Venkat, Director of Harley Street Fertility Clinic, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Harper. As a family-run clinic, we treat each and every patient with love and care, as you would do with a member of our family. We know how emotionally draining a fertility journey is, hence we offer as much support as we possibly can to our patients in their journey. Alongside our counselling sessions, we are proud to now offer to all our patients Harper’s services, whose bespoke well-being and fertility coaching services will be beneficial to our patients.”
Lukáš Beranek, Managing Director at GENNET City Fertility said: “GENNET City Fertility is excited to be working in partnership with Harper Care. Our clinic offers a caring, individualised approach to our patient's fertility challenges, we believe Harper’s impressive new service will complement this nicely. Scientifically backed, it promises to help support our patients’ mental health throughout their fertility journey. Going through any fertility treatment is an emotional rollercoaster, the fact that we can provide our patients with a friendly personal well-being coach that they can speak to at any point during their time with us will only be of benefit to them and their overall experience.”
Harper was founded by a team of clinicians, scientists and software engineers who started as one of the first medical clinics specialised in preventative medicine, working to help people live as the happiest, healthiest versions of themselves.
Dr Theodore Cosco, Harper Co-Founder and Chief of Science commented: “At Harper we are trying to highlight the link between physical and mental health and the knock-on effects of mental health on physical outcomes. We are not disrupting the clinical model, we are complementing the system and supporting the patients' journey which has been proven to produce better outcomes.”