Janine Kovac was a ballet-dancer-turned-software-engineer when she discovered that her surprise pregnancy was actually high-risk twin pregnancy. Doctors gave her babies 50/50 odds of survival without complications. When her identical twins were born at 25 weeks’ gestation weighing just over a pound and a half apiece, Janine began to write in order to process the experience of three months in the NICU and two years of early intervention therapy. And she’s never looked back.
Over the last six years, Janine’s NICU-related essays have appeared in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, the website Raising Happiness, and in the anthologies Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit and Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God. Janine is a three-time scholarship recipient and alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a former resident of the Mineral School Residency. In 2012 Janine co-founded the 501c3 nonprofit writing group Write On Mamas. She is 2016 director for the San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother, a nation-wide reading series in celebration of Mother’s Day, and an event producer for Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival.
Janine is still an active member of the NICU community and is a regular contributor to a regional newsletter to parents of preemies. Since 2010, at the invitation of Sutter Health/California Pacific Medical Centers, she speaks annually to doctors and nurses on the topic of patient-care communication.
Janine lives with her husband and three small and healthy children in Oakland, California.