Kate Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven, joined Maria Shriver and Al Roker on the TODAY show to talk about how Maven is disrupting the virtual healthcare industry—and putting patients at the center of our service.
“When I started the business five years ago it was one of the first waves of digital health,” she said. “And the first things that entrepreneurs were tackling were other areas—chronic disease, fitness tracking, primary care.”
Women’s health wasn’t a priority. So Kate made it one.
“We saw a tremendous opportunity to change the dialogue,” Kate said, adding, “I’ve been on Maven through two pregnancies and one miscarriage. It’s truly helped me navigate these joys and challenges.”
Mercedes Samudio, one of Maven’s mental health specialists and a licensed social worker, talked about why members love Maven’s accessibility. “There are a variety of issues that women come to me for—anything from postpartum depression and anxiety, to managing stress around life, family and their careers. There’s literally a practitioner or someone who is there to say, ‘I am here. Ten minutes, 40 minutes; what do you need?’”
“I’ve been on Maven through two pregnancies and one miscarriage. It’s truly helped me navigate these joys and challenges.”
Dr. Jane van Dis, Maven’s Medical Director and a practicing OB-GYN, highlighted the variety of hard-to-find services and practitioners Maven offers, from pelvic-floor physical therapists to sleep coaches to diabetic educators. “We really fill a lot of gaps in care that way,” she said.
Psychiatrist and bioethicist Dr. Tia Powell joined the segment to share why she’s excited about Maven’s mission—and why women’s child-bearing and early parenting years are a period during which support is most crucial. She stressed the importance of one of Maven’s most essential offerings: helping women go back to work after having a baby.
“I’m old enough that I can say there was no support—actually active discouragement—around childbearing for professional women, which is a disaster,” she said. “It means you drive out trained people.”
Maven addresses this critical gap by partnering with global employers to offer Maven as a family benefit providing customized programs for any path to parenthood—pregnancy, fertility, adoption, surrogacy, loss, breastmilk shipping, return to work, and infant care.