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Lessons Learned From a Founder-CEO’s Short Maternity Leave

I signed a ~$2 million term sheet from the triage bed, forwarded it to my legal team, and then gave birth

Pregnant woman talking on the phone while working from her home office
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A “maternity leave plan” is an oxymoron; bodies and babies don’t follow timelines. While I knew this in theory, it became painfully clear when, at a routine OB visit, my doctor told me that…

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Roxanne Petraeus

Roxanne Petraeus

Co-founder of Ethena, Army veteran, and pun appreciator