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Life and Work with Gabriela Gerhart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriela Gerhart.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Gabriela. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I came to the United States from the Czech Republic in my early twenties to work with a Houston family as an Au pair to care for their premature baby as well as their older children. Due to my background in pediatric nursing, I started working with other families in the in the role of a baby nurse/newborn care specialist. Soon after realizing there was a need for American families needing more hands-on support, the idea of the Motherhood Center was formed. At the time, almost two decades ago, there really wasn’t any resources or services for expecting and new parents. When I created the Motherhood Center, often people thought it was a non-profit business, when in fact the concept is for working, professional women who are in need of support as well, if not more, as their lives have been focused on their careers.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has been a bit unique due to the fact that I do not have a business background and was learning the English language along the way, and still am. I came to the United States, met my husband of nineteen years, and started a business in my early twenties within an industry that didn’t really exist at the time. It wasn’t really “in” to be pregnant back then as it is now, so we really pioneered the industry. I always wanted to make sure that I stayed true to my values, being honest, caring, and nurturing while exploring the business world. Since there wasn’t another similar business, everything we have done was “from scratch.” My motto is be creative and don’t be afraid to stand out. Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you are going to keep things to yourself, no one will notice. Be honest with yourself and stay true to your values. Just because something is right for your best friend does not mean it is right for you.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Motherhood Center – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At this time we have serviced over 20,000 clients through our massages, yoga/fitness classes, pregnancy and parenting classes, breastfeeding support, children’s classes, our nanny and babysitting placements, as well as our baby nurse and postpartum doula program/placements. I have learned that trusting your instincts and being true to your values and beliefs will keep you on a good path. Working with women- especially pregnant women- requires a unique set of skills. It is very important that all of our staff is very kind, smart, genuine, polite, and always smiling. We work with a lot of hormones!

This business is truly 24/7 and requires a consistent focused attitude and dedication. Whatever career path anyone chooses, it’s so important to have a passion for the service/product otherwise it becomes a job. It is very important to create a very fun and friendly atmosphere for our staff and my team. I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work with so many clients and be able to impact them positively during such a special time in their lives. Many of our clients found their best friend at our prenatal yoga classes or our baby bump socials. Recreating the village is what we do! The Motherhood Center as a concept is very unique in that it is a one-stop shop for expecting and new parents, providing classes and services with unbiased, study-based information all under one roof. I like to listen to our clients and what their needs and wants are. 100% client satisfaction is my ultimate goal. Just recently we saw a great need to help current and future nannies to gain more skills and knowledge about the nanny profession. We have created a very hands-on curriculum and are launching The Nanny School as a division of the Motherhood Center. Being innovative, creative, and not afraid to try new things is what keeps us ahead of our competition.

Who have you been inspired by?
I have been lucky to have been surrounded by many talented business women in my networking groups who have always been very supportive and encouraging towards me. However, reflecting back, my mom always selflessly allowed me to pursue my dreams. From attending boarding school at the age of fourteen to pursuing my nursing career to hitchhiking throughout Europe in my late teens, and my desire to leave for America in my early twenties, so I could learn English and travel.

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