Were you able to see the angelic babies in the New York Times Magazine April 22, 2018 issue?
Well, those babies were “swaddled picture-perfect by no less than the Baby Whisperer”, as per an article by Eunice Barbara C. Novio of Inquirer.
Novio also disclosed that presently, the Baby Whisperer, Ruby Sibal – who happens to be a Filipina – is about to take charge of her 57thbaby and it’s not just to hum lullabies!
Rather, our kababayan Sibal is also taking care of babies based on indigenous knowledge, science, and nature.
Moreover, the 42-year-old professional is also finally taking the initiative to encourage people to take a look at the possibility of pursuing a career in baby nursing. More baby whisperers like her?
Meet the ‘Baby Whisperer’
Beyond Baby Care tells us that Sibal is “a newborn care professional out of New York City. As a newborn care expert and new parent coach, she is sometimes also known as ‘Mary Poppins’, on the auspices of her calm demeanor, her impeccable organizational skills and her ability to educate while instilling confidence and joy in new parents and siblings alike.”
Inquirer’s Novio said she’s a native of Iloilo, is a Newborn Care Specialist, aka Baby Nurse, and perhaps the happiest Baby Educator. Surpisingly, she’s also an entreprenuer, a writer, blogger, and the CEO of HIMBA.
Amazing, right? She’s all that — and more.
Two years ago, she was described as a floral designer, entrepreneur, certified make-up artist and event organizer in the Philippines and it reportedly never entered her mind that she’d become a nanny, a housekeeper and a home-call masseuse to Filipino women who were also working two jobs in metropolitan New York.
That’s quite a handful, right? But it sure looks like hardworking, persevering and multi-tasking are top three words in her life’s dictionary. Don’t you think so, too?
She says in her blog: “As a professional baby nurse, I’m passionate about caring for newborns and their families. I train students to work as I do—living around the clock with families, offering kind, compassionate support. Any new parent will tell you that the newborn months brim with fear, confusion, and doubt, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Not every family decides to hire a professional baby nurse. But every friend, mother, sister, cousin, partner, uncle, or aunt can become one themselves. If you’ve lived through the tumultuous newborn stage, consider reaching out to friends and family when they’re expecting their first, and share the knowledge you’ve gained. If you haven’t, educate yourself. Then, when the new parents you love are panicking, you can offer peace of mind (priceless!). I envision a world in which every newborn has their baby nurse, and that vision begins with you.”
She’s now on her 57th baby, and the baby whisperer is still eager to add more to her growing list of babies to love.
“Along the way I’ve learned that every newborn, and every parent, is unique. A great baby nurse does more than care for infants. They build and strengthen families, too. In our ancestral history, new parents weren’t left to fend for themselves in flats and condominiums. They raised their children embedded in a community, and benefited from communal wisdom. A baby nurse knows that it takes a village to raise a child, and I always try to involve siblings and extended family in the process of loving new babies. Over the years, I’ve cared for the babies of pediatricians and business people, tech professionals and more. My style isn’t to judge, but to accept and support, unconditionally. Isn’t that love?”
Her message: For parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, there’s no certification necessary to become a baby nurse. Only kindness, common sense, and heart.