This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all of our amazing Ovia moms — but with a special thanks to the moms who work at Ovia Health! These women dedicate their time, talent, and tenacity to improving the lives of millions of families, including their own.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we talked to our Ovia Health moms about the work they’re doing and about life as working parents. Thanks for all that you do, and Happy Mother’s Day!
What do you love most about being a mom?
“Just looking at their faces and seeing them grow every day absolutely melts me. I have a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 3-month-old — so far I love every stage of motherhood. Their quirky comments, the innocence, the wonder…they make me a better person. I could use a few more zzz’s, but their smiling faces make it all worth it!” -Kim, Senior Business Development Manager
“Getting to be Riley’s mom is my favorite thing in the world. I love watching her grow and learn and become this little independent person. Every day as her mom is a gift.” –Jamie, Regional Sales Manager
“The early days at home with my firstborn were just so different than any other time in my life in a really beautiful way — sweet and slow and sleepy and snuggly, time really seemed to move differently — that they were their own unique sort of special. Then she grew into an incredibly sweet, silly, curious, clever, chatty, all-around hilarious kid. And now that she’s a busy toddler and a big sister to my recently born son, there are all sorts of new special memories being made everyday. To see them together, my heart could just burst. I get so excited that each of them gets to experience so many new things every day and every moment — I feel like I’ve gained a whole new depth in my life because of it, and I feel so lucky to have that. Having children really does allow you to see the world anew in so many ways.” –Pamela, Women’s Health Writer
What is it like to work at Ovia Health as a mom (or mom-to-be)?
“I absolutely love the work we do here at Ovia Health. I have the privilege of talking with employers about how they can more effectively support working moms and families. As a mom to a 3-year-old, I know how challenging it can be to feel like you’re doing a good job as both a parent and as an employee. That balance can be really difficult. I’m inspired by our opportunity to not only improve health outcomes for our users, but also to give users the confidence to embrace parenthood and employers the right solution to build a culture where working moms and families are better supported.” –Jamie
“It’s a very warm and welcoming place to work, especially when pregnant! I love that there are many other new parents to get advice from and share experiences with. We also have local experts come in each month to keep us informed on all things pregnancy, so I feel especially well informed. It’s also worth noting that we have a great variety of healthy snacks in the office, which is a huge bonus when pregnant!” –Sarah, Sales Operations Specialist
“I work from home — which is HUGE! I have three children, and getting them out the door to daycare is no small task. Every morning is mayhem for our family, and eliminating the commute means I can be more productive and efficient at my job. As a mom, we like to think we can do it all, and we can get burned out fairly quickly by doing so. Working for a company that sees the value in work/life balance and allows you to work where you are most productive is an absolute game changer.” -Kim
“When I started working at Ovia, my daughter was a year and a half old and I was newly pregnant with my son. I was able to tell my new boss, essentially, “These first few weeks have been great! Also, I’m having a baby!” with no fear. And I was later able to have conversations with my colleagues that were thoughtful, pragmatic, and stress-free about how to make my transition back to work go smoothly. I cannot overstate what a world of difference this made for me as a pregnant person and a parent. We all deserve to work for organizations where we are appreciated, where we can grow and flourish, and that not only recognize but actually support the reality of our lives: pregnancy and parenting realities included. It’s so rewarding to be able to contribute to an organization that really does practice what it preaches — that helps support and empower other women and families and encourages employers to do the same.” –Pamela
Have you learned anything about parenthood from Ovia that you didn’t know before?
“As a first-time mom, most everything I’ve learned throughout my pregnancy has come from Ovia! My husband is especially grateful for the apps as they’ve helped him learn and feel included. We feel very confident knowing the information is coming from a reliable source.” –Sarah
What would be the perfect gift for you on Mother’s Day?
“Passing off the midnight feedings to dad, sleeping in, followed by a morning at the spa, and a beautiful glass of red wine would be the ideal day for me. No cooking, no cleaning, and some quality time playing with the kiddos. Sometimes Mother’s Day means you can take the backseat for the day, and I am okay with that. No judgment here — we deserve a day off and what better day to do than Mothers Day?!” -Kim
“My baby is due on May 14, so I’m hoping he or she is here by Mother’s Day! That would be the best gift of all.” –Sarah
“I think the best gifts are the gift of time and the gift of extra help. Offer to babysit for mom for a night out or offer to take her little one(s) out for an afternoon so she can have some time to herself. Offer to cook a meal or pick up groceries or run an errand to save her time. When you offer, be really forward about it. Say, “I want you to have a fun night out with your partner, so pick a night this month when I can babysit for you” or “I know you could use some time for yourself, so when this month can I take the kids out for an afternoon?” And, here’s the kicker, don’t just do this for Mother’s Day — check in every few months to do the same thing, or, if you’re able to and you REALLY want to be a superhero, do this once a month. The help it will provide to mom is really and truly a million times better than any chocolates or mugs or trinkets you could buy for her.” –Pamela
What’s the most impactful thing someone could do (or has done!) to support you every other day of the year as a mom?
“My husband is my teammate. We try to play an even role and divide/conquer our family to-dos. He usually takes on the dinner duty — it’s my least favorite role as a parent! Also, we are lucky to have family close by who is always willing to help us out at a moment’s notice. It really does take a village.” -Kim
“Again, babysitting, babysitting, babysitting! (And I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special thank you to my own mother and my mother-in-law, as they help out with this SO VERY MUCH! I love you both! And there’s no way our household could function without you!) When I was pregnant with both of my children, we had friends and family who were always asking how they could help. I think that’s really the best thing that you can do for friends or family who are expecting or who have young kids. Reach out regularly and ask them if you can help with anything — babysitting, picking up groceries or running an errand, stopping by to lend a hand or just keep them company — you name it, parents probably need it. And parents, take up your loved ones on their offers of help! (I could take this advice more often myself.)” –Pamela