On this week's episode I had clients from two ends of the financial spectrum; however pregnancy and parenthood can truly be the universal equalizer. No matter how much or how little money a person has, the fact is that having a child will change your life forever. The challenge (well one of the challenges) is to figure out how to celebrate who you are while embracing who you are becoming. Your child will only benefit from knowing who you are as an individual as well as who you are as a parent. No matter whether you are living in a mansion in New Jersey or an apartment on Long Island, the transition is true for both. My clients who accept this transition and celebrate it are always the ones that enjoy those first few weeks and ultimately their lives with their bundle of joy far more than the others. Embracing change is good, my friends, especially when it is because you are having a baby!
Now you may be wondering (and I have received a lot of questions asking) whether I talk to my clients about my own battle with secondary infertility. The answer depends on the client, and whether I think they could benefit in some way from hearing my story. I am certainly not going to beat them over the head with a sob story just because I am having a tough morning, but in the case of Melissa I really felt she had so many walls built up around her (manifesting in the form of childbirth experts and educators) that by me sharing just a wee bit of my own struggle, she might drop her guard for just a moment. You see, when I meet these clients, no matter how outlandish and extreme their requests seem, what I am really looking to do is to uncover the deeper issues at hand and help them prepare for parenting. If I truly felt that these clients didn't on some level want to bring me in to try and make them better parents, I wouldn't cater to their every whim, because let's not forget, I am there for them but also for their babies. Believe me at times it can be hard to scratch away at the outlandish and often superficial exterior, but underneath it all they are usually just scared like the rest of us, and I fall in love with them as families while preparing them for this most amazing blessing of parenthood. From charity fashion shows for baby showers to rock 'n' roll nurseries, these are all just vehicles for my clients to celebrate and emotionally prepare themselves for better parenting, so bring it on!
Oh and I can't believe I almost forgot to mention that if you want to scoop up any of the maternity fashions you saw in any of the episodes, just visit www.rosiepope.com. Now I know you non-preggers readers may be wondering what you are going to do with maternity clothes? Well let me just tell you I live in them even when I'm not pregnant! They are stylish and so comfortable when I throw down just a few too many Oreos! Perfecto!
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Love your new show . Congratulations on it's success. You had mentioned your accent. From the beginning, Ive thought you sounded just like Hiedi Klum. I thought maybe you were German and learned Oxford English as a second language.Lol.
Rosie - I really appreciate your honesty regarding your battles with secondry infertility. I had the same battles trying to have my second child - multiple miscarriages and IVFs were exhausting and emotional. Most people do not understand secondary infertility and can be very rude with comments such as "at least you have one child" right after a devastating miscarriage. My sweet family and a good therapist helped a lot and I just celebrated my 2nd child's 4th birthday last week! She is a feisty little girl who I frequently call my last good egg =). I really wish you the best of luck and love the show!
Congratulations to you for helping the disorganized mothers to be find focus at the most important moment in their lives...when they give birth. I am guessing most do not have family nearby or have perhaps poor relationships with their own mothers, aunts, grandmothers. Much of what you show your clients about baby care, feeding, etc are things a mother shows her daughter when she is pregnant, and when she brings the baby home. You do a GREAT JOB at being surrogate mother to the mothers to be!
I'm intrigued by this show because I didn't even know there was a market for maternity concierge! Only in New York! Congratulations to you, and your show! Your candor is great in getting these moms ready for the new addition to their family. Speaking of addition, I just read that you recently welcomed your little addition - a miracle indeed even after what you went through as show in previous episodes. A baby is a blessing indeed.
Quick question ... are the episodes filmed in order? I noticed in the first episode when you were dealing with the couple who thought a baby is a life-sucking parasite (boo!!!) - you visited them after their baby was born and you were wearing a striped dress and you were visibly pregnant. However, the following episodes showed your struggles with IVF. Must be my imagination.
Congratulations again and job well done!
Hi Rosie - I would love for you to shed light on something for me. What is the resistance to women adopting? With the genuine desire to have a baby combined with the millions of orphans on the planet - what stops women from adopting?
I agree that a baby doesn't come out reading words. Lighten up and let people who aren't U.E.S. princesses parent in their own way. Will they give love? That's all that matters.
Rosie, you seem so sweet and extremely patient with your clients. I just wanted to tell you I love your show. I'm very happy for you and your family on your new addition! Best wishes!