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.