Hailey Tecco (Natalist)
Founder of Natalist, investor, professor, podcast host, and board member Hailey Tecco on her work in health care, virtual cooking classes, and old toys.
1. Hi! How would you explain what you do?
We live in one of the richest countries in the world, yet our healthcare system is woefully broken. Through my work as a founder, investor, professor, podcast host, and board member, I’m a fierce advocate for the health of women and families. It’s a privilege to work in this industry and help improve the lives of all Americans.
2. What do you wish you could tell people who may not know about the work you do?
It costs more to give birth in this country than the average woman makes in a month (!!!). It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a false dichotomy between quality healthcare and affordable healthcare.
3. What's the silliest thing your kid(s) have said/done in the last week or so?
My son asked if I could play the song, “caught in a barrel man.” I couldn’t figure out what song he was talking about so asked him to sing it… turns out he was referring to Lady Gaga’s Caught in a Bad Romance. At 5 he already has great taste in music, even if he changes the lyrics!
4. What was the most fun thing you've done or discovered recently (with or without kids)?
Taking virtual cooking classes with chefs around the world on AirBnB Experiences. I now have new recipes that were taught to me by chefs from Greece, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand, Peru, and more!
5. You have secrets. We have secrets. Is there anything top-secret, parenting or otherwise, you can share that might be useful to other families this holiday season?
This is a great time to clean-out the play area and donate old toys. I find it’s easier for my kid to part with old toys when he knows new ones are coming!
6. Lastly, is there anything happening in your world that we should know about?
I just helped launch Cofertility, a human-first fertility ecosystem rewriting the egg freezing and egg donation experience. With our Freeze by Co program, women can freeze their eggs for free when they donate half of the retrieved eggs to a family who can’t otherwise conceive. We think it’s a win-win for everyone!