Interview with a Baby Planner
There are many reasons a mom might need some help during pregnancy, and who better to help than a woman who has made a career out of it? Nina Bassett is the owner of Bassett Baby Planning in Houston and a fellow doula, and she is very passionate about helping moms make the most of their pregnancies! I was fascinated about the baby planning industry (something I’d never heard of before meeting Nina!) so I asked her a few questions, and thought I’d share some of her answers with my blog readers!
What exactly is a baby planner? What does being a baby planner mean to you?
So many people ask me this exact question, “what is a baby planner?” The best analogy that I can give them is this; like a wedding planner helps a soon-to-be bride and groom prepare for their wedding day, a baby planner helps soon-to-be parents prepare for the arrival of their baby. We are objective and supportive educators who take care of all the details that come with getting ready for your baby. We can help you set up your baby’s registry, design or stock your nursery, plan and/or host your baby shower, and find you a doctor or midwife that takes your insurance. A baby planner can also help you baby proof your home, find you a photographer and maybe even go to your prenatal visits with you if your husband/partner can’t go. There are so many things that a baby planner can do for expectant parents and we are there for them every step of the way.
To me, being a baby planner is such a rewarding job. I love helping couples during this special and life changing time. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that I am empowering others and giving them the gift of knowledge and peace of mind. I know that with each family that I help they are fully prepared and ready to welcome their newborn and that means everything to me.
Why did you choose to become a baby planner?
It all began at my first job after college. My partner in sales was newly expecting and I found it absolutely fascinating to hear all about her preparations before the baby came. She would tell me what happened at her doctor appointments, how she loved prenatal yoga, what she could and could not eat during pregnancy, and what she had to get done each weekend since she was a full time working woman. I was shocked at how much she had to learn and get done and yet I was mesmerized by the whole thing. One day it donned on me and I knew that I wanted to work with and help women during this amazing time in their lives. I thought that I had invented this whole new industry in my mind, but once I did some research I discovered that this industry already existed and it was called baby planning. I immediately signed up for the certification course and have never looked back.
What is a typical first meeting like?
The first meeting with a potential client is a fun, informal meeting/consultation where we get to spend some time getting to know each other. They can either come to my home/office or I can meet them wherever is convenient for them. We get to ask each other questions, talk about what exactly they are looking for in a baby planner or need assistance with and decide on what services I can provide them. Once they decide on the services they would like to purchase, we discuss what order they would like things to be completed and how long we have to finish each task. At the end of the meeting, I want each couple to feel like they have a weight taken off of their shoulders because everything is going to be taken care of and that they made a new friend.
How is the experience different if your client is a first-time mom versus an experienced mom? What about adoptive moms?
First time moms usually want help with several things and end up needing more of my services than an experienced mom. Most of my first time moms are still working and are having difficulty finding the time to get everything accomplished as well as figuring out the things that they really need and the things they can do without. With my experienced moms, they have a much better idea of everything that they need to prepare for their baby, but they might need help with their nursery and making one room into two, or they might be new to the Houston area and need help with finding the right place or person, or they just need an extra hand to help everything get done. I haven’t had the pleasure of working with an adoptive mom yet but hopefully I will in the near future. I know that most adoptive parents are only given a couple of weeks and sometimes even a couple of days notice that they are going to have the chance to adopt a little boy or a little girl and take them home. They really need the crash course on getting everything ready and I am there for them with anything that they need whether it’s big or small.
What is your favorite thing to do for expecting moms?
That’s a tough one because I love to do so many things for my clients. I guess if I had to pick one, my favorite thing to do for expecting moms is help them shop for maternity clothes. I think that every expecting mom should feel gorgeous during her pregnancy and it’s sad that some don’t feel beautiful in their new pregnant bodies. So what I love to do is help them find cute, affordable clothes that compliment their new baby bumps and curves. It always brightens my day when I get a big hug from a soon-to-be mom because she now has some cute, new clothes that she’s excited about wearing and showing herself off.
How long does your relationship last with your clients?
The length of my relationship with every client varies. At my consultations, the client and I discuss the services that they would like to sign up for and we agree on a day for my services to be completed. Some expecting moms only want assistance with one thing so our relationship only lasts for a couple of weeks, but some moms want help with multiple things and I get the pleasure of working with them all throughout their pregnancy and beyond. It just depends. But my working relationship with each client always ends on the date that we both agreed upon. However, I have built some friendships with previous clients and we still keep in touch to this day. 🙂