Everyone has a friend with a special, hidden talent. Some can open a bottle with their teeth. Some are fantastic at getting you to lend them money. But my friend’s secret talent is better then all of your friends’ because it has to do with babies. And everyone loves babies.
Today, we reveal her astonishing gift to the world so that she finally receives the admiration and awe she so deserves.
Phaea Crede: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Becca Jones, Baby Psychic: I live in NYC (Queens), currently work on the office-end of a self-help company for women, am an armchair psychiatrist, a wannabe psychic and sometimes performer/writer. I love nachos...pretty much any food covered in cheese, cheese in general and margaritas.
PC: What is this amazing skill that you possess when it comes to babies?
BJBP: It's pretty simple. I can accurately predict what gender a baby of my pregnant friends will be before the sex is officially determined.
PC: How many babies’ genders have you correctly guessed?
BJBP: Not sure...somewhere around 10 – 12, I think.
PC: My son, Harvey, is included in this list of correct guesses. I remember the day you told me. You just backed up a little, studied my bump, and predicted boy. Have you ever gotten any wrong?
BJBP: Not yet! But clearly I haven't been tested too much yet.
The most difficult one for me to determine beforehand was my nephew, Bo, I went back and forth with him. Ultimately, I changed my guess (correctly) to boy as they were headed to get the ultrasound. Maybe I had a hard time with that one because it was family and I was too connected.
PC: Who was the first baby whose gender your correctly guessed?
BJBP: My friend Meg's baby, Madison. I predicted that she would be a girl.
PC: Did you suspect that you had a special gift then?
BJBP: Nope. In fact I'm still somewhat skeptical that it's a gift or just lucky/informed guesses.*
*PC note. It is a gift. A magical gift. She is too modest.
PC: How do you know a babies gender before they are born? What’s the secret?
BJBP: I usually have to look at the mom-to-be's belly. I heard somewhere that if a woman is carrying low, it's a girl and if they are carrying high it's a boy. So that's how it started. That method works surprisingly well.
I also base it a bit on gut instinct/intuition. Recently (with you) I thought you already told me that you were having a girl, but then you told me that you hadn't found out the gender yet. So that time it was either intuition or a lucky guess.
PC: You diagnosed me with a girl after I told you I was sicker this time around…it might have even been over texts.
BJBP: Oh yes! Forgot about that!
Another part of my theory is that girls give you worse morning sickness. So if someone is super barfy - it's one of my indicators that it may be a girl (but not always).
PC: Are any other tricks to predicting baby genders?
BJBP: If the mom-to-be's nose looks like it has widened - I tend to think it's a girl.
PC: Do you think this is something that could be taught?
BJBP: Sure. It's not that difficult to tell if someone is carrying high or low. Though with some people it is harder to differentiate.
PC: Would you ever charge for this amazing service?
BJBP: No. Especially since people can just get an ultrasound a few months before baby is born to figure out the gender pretty definitively.
PC: Has anyone named his or her baby after you?
BJBP: No. Though I tried and failed to persuade you to name Harvey after me.
Becca Jones is not available for consultations at this time. But she will be launching a cheese-related web project soon. We will link it here when its available for mass consumption.