It’s time to radically rethink what parenting and working can and should look like. We can’t just keep doing things the way they’ve always been done and expect new results.
That’s what Startup Pregnant stands for.
We paired two terms that might seem to be at odds—completely opposite from each other—and we’re asking us to consider all of it, in context. Let’s really dig in and look at life, leadership, business: all at the same time. Pregnancy and the creation of human life has a tremendous amount to teach us. Maybe the world of pregnancy and parenting can help us rethink the startup and business world. Similarly, the world of startups and businesses can be instrumental in teaching us new ways of thinking about how we show up to each.
We start with questions.
Startup Pregnant is a place to ask questions and share stories about motherhood, business, and entrepreneurship. What does it look like to be a working parent? What does it look like to be a parent? Where are their gaps and breaks? What does it look like to change this narrative, and create new stories, and live into a new future of what working and parenting can really be?
We tell a broad range of stories.
There is no one picture of motherhood, or fatherhood, or becoming a parent. We strive to tell the entire range of stories, from the early beginnings of fertility and infertility journeys, to uncertainty or hope around becoming a parent, to step-parents and bonus parents and non-default parents. We want to capture the reality of what parenting can look like, as a way to begin to understand, shift, and expand the range of ideas we have about what we are “supposed” to be doing as parents and entrepreneurs.
Similarly, building a business doesn’t have to be venture-backed, hustle-based, or, well—let’s be a little more blunt: you don’t have to be a white, male, college dropout from Harvard to start a successful business. In fact, women entrepreneurs are making huge strides in creating businesses in ways that haven’t gotten enough attention. From women sharing co-CEO roles to building companies where they work three days per week to building companies while on parental leave, to creating companies that solve modern problems for working parents—we’ve got a lot of fascinating stories we want to unearth and share, and we’re in the middle of doing it.
At Startup Pregnant, we want to hear from a huge range of voices and experiences when it comes to starting businesses and beginning families, especially when these moments happen at the same time. The current cultural narratives are so limiting as to be detrimental, and it’s time to reinvent the way we show up in parenting, work, and in life. We believe that business and family can exist together and ideally even compliment one another, but it can’t keep going the way it’s going. We aim to support one another in our work and parenting endeavors, seek ways to piece those experiences together in ways that make real life sense and lend support, community and connection to other mothers, parents and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Let’s figure it out. Let’s build the future of work, together.
What we provide: tools, resources, and community for parents and entrepreneurs
Our growing library of resources is for new and expecting parents, business owners and founders, and people interested in the intersection of life, work, and parenting. Take a look at what we have to offer and don’t be afraid to dive in. People write in to tell us all the time that once they started listening to the podcast, they got hooked. We hope it’s as useful to you!
- PODCAST: Our weekly show features in-depth interviews with women entrepreneurs, navigating pregnancy, fertility, young children, parenthood, and all that it takes to raise the next generation. We’ve talked about non-traditional partnerships, negotiating parental leave, the national need for paid family leave, what happens when medical situations aren’t what you expected, understanding the shift in your relationships, and so much more. Listen in.
- COMMUNITY: Join our free and growing community of femme and female entrepreneurs (non-binary and womxn-identifying folx welcome and included)
- RESOURCES: We have a growing library of resources, from our how-to guides to our mini-books that help you figure out sticky situations, stay informed, and get the most out of work and life without reinventing the wheel.
- COURSES: Our new school features courses for parents, entrepreneurs, and leaders who want to level up in business as well as in life. We are a community of people committed to growing and unlocking our potential. Take a look at our first course, Ask For What You Want, all about getting clear on what you want and then going after it through specific tools like manifestation, visualization, and more.
- THE WISE WOMEN’S COUNCIL: Our annual community mastermind, a private, membership-based place for women to level up in leadership and business alongside other driven and wise women. Applications open in January every year and the mastermind kicks off in March.
MEET OUR TEAM
We are currently a small, remote team led by the founder and executive director, Sarah Peck. Sarah is a mama to two small kids of her own, and her background is in studying the psychology of how people work, form habits, and learn from their mistakes—all which apply seamlessly to studying people through the lens of parenthood and entrepreneurship. Sarah works together with an awesome team that includes:
- Cary Fortin, a talented storyteller, writer, and creative based in Idaho.
- Helen Williams, a vegan ice cream entrepreneur based in Colorado.
- Angela Greaser, an operations strategist and specialist, based in Maine.
- We Edit Podcasts, a rapid-fire podcast editing service that keeps us sounding good!
- And several more small business owners, contractors, and support folks that keep us moving.