Gena Jaffe

Gena Jaffe on Motherhood + Mental Health [NE 072]

Gena (pronounced “jenna”) is a mom to two reciprocal IVF babes, wife to her wife Jordana, and serial entrepreneur. She was a corporate lawyer in NYC until she started her own law practice in Jan 2014. She then started a mama blog after the birth of her son Parker and 2 years ago, became a fitness + wellness coach after being a nationally competitive gymnast for 15 years. but of all the things she has done and all the awards she has won, “mommy” is her very favorite title of all.

IN THIS CONVO, WE COVER:

  • What sparked her shift from the traditional corporate attorney route to becoming an entrepreneur
  • How she and Jordana tag-team working + parenting from home
  • Their experience with reciprocal IVF
  • What it was like delivering during the early stages of the COVID19 pandemic
  • Her experience with postpartum anxiety – what helped her, plus ideas for supporting loved ones going through it
  • How she’s shifted approach to business in the early months (years) of motherhood (+ a super smart strategy for being of service without actually taking on new clients)

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KEY QUOTES FROM GENA

“I had to be okay with not getting things done before like 8:00 PM. There’s just so much that you can’t predict, and I had to learn to be okay with that.”

“I had never even heard of postpartum anxiety. I’d only known about postpartum depression.”

“For me, fitness has always been a mental health saver. So I knew that I wanted to get back into that as quickly as possible.”

“Showering every day…it’s so funny how something so simple is like the most joyous, wondrous experience after you have a child.”

“I show up for the people I need to show up for. And I say no to a lot of other things. And I refer a lot of business out actually, because I to be with my babies and I want to spend time with them.  And I know that at this moment in time that these people would be better served by somebody else who can give them a lot more attention.”


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