The Gina Monologues: What I want this Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day is especially meaningful for me. Not only does it fall on my birthday, but I was born on Mother’s Day as well (which was special for my mother). It’s also my first year celebrating as a mother myself, so it feels a little serendipitous and a definitely a little magical to have everything aligned.

So when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday and for my first Mother’s Day, I initially thought about all the products (flowers, jewelry) and other intangibles (a relaxing massage, a vacation) I would want. Then I realized I have everything I could ever need or want, and that this Mother’s Day is about gratitude for everything that I have. It’s also about taking time to honor the millions of Ovia moms and future moms out there who are doing everything possible to get pregnant and bring happy, healthy babies into this world.

With that being said, I want to share what I’m grateful for:

My adorable and healthy 5 month-old daughter Hazel

I love my daughter Hazel more than I could have ever imagined, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have a healthy child. When she was born, people asked me if I was surprised by anything. Was I surprised by the lack of sleep, or the challenges of breastfeeding? From working at Ovuline, I felt pretty prepared for those things. What came as a slight shock was the amount of love I had for my baby. I was surprised by this huge primal urge to protect and care for her. That I would give up anything, including my life, for her just to be healthy and happy.

My husband (And the generation that takes pride in being a good parent that we’re apart of)

My husband is an incredible person, partner, and father. I’ve not once felt that I am carrying the load more than him. (As I write this, my husband is actually soothing our fussy baby on a cross-country flight so I can write this post). My mom always comments on how lucky I am to have such a helpful husband, and of course I agree. But I’ve also come to realize that I’m also living in a time and of a generation that values being a good dad and parent. More and more, men and partners are assuming equal responsibilities, and take great pride in being a good dad or parent.

My dream job of helping people become parents

I have the dream job of helping people lead healthier lives and have beautiful babies! Every day I’m inspired by the talented and passionate people on our team, and the mission we’re on together.

As a cofounder of Ovia, I have spoken to hundreds of women about their parenting journeys. I’ve heard their fertility questions, their infertility struggles, their pregnancy health scares, and their joyous birth stories. When I see women and couples work so hard to have a baby, I think, wow, they are already such good parents.

Every morning, I think of the millions of women using the Ovia apps, tracking their fertility to get pregnant, or smiling when they see the image of their baby’s hand size in the womb. And I just want to tell them, you’re amazing. No matter where you are in your journey, you’re already a great mom.

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