We are delighted to introduce Nina of The Baby Chick to The Bundle of Joy community!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Nina — also known as The Baby Chick. I am an educator/expert in the pregnancy, birth, and baby world and have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of mothers over the past seven years. My training, certifications, and experience include: baby planning, birth doula care, postpartum doula care, massage therapy, childbirth education, infant massage instruction, prenatal fitness education, and more. It has been my passion to educate, inspire, and uplift mothers and now this has become our mission at Baby Chick.
Besides working one-on-one with families and growing Baby Chick, you can find me playing with my son, Liam, cuddling with my pups, Lola and Aria, and enjoying time with my wonderful husband, Brian.
How long have you been in business?
I have been working in the pregnancy, birth and baby world for the past seven years and started a doula agency in the Houston, Texas area. In May 2015 I created Baby Chick to provide helpful information to expectant and new families everywhere.
What was your greatest takeaway from 2017?
My greatest takeaway from 2017 was learning how to be patient through life’s different seasons. Some years will be full of new opportunities, some will bring growing pains, some will have failures and learning experiences, and some will be filled with great success. 2017 was a year of growth for me — being pregnant, growing my company, giving birth and growing our family. It taught me to understand that there will be highs and lows and that I need to be flexible and patient as I journey my way through each season.
What are your goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are to continue breastfeeding and reach my one-year goal, figure out a better work/family balance, as well as continue to grow our team and business.
What is your motivation to keep growing your company?
My motivation is to create a great go-to resource for families that is recognized as a reliable site for pregnant women and new families. I love helping others. Baby Chick allows me to help women and families all over the world. Also, I am motivated to create a good life for my family and to be able to work from home to watch my son grow.
Who inspires you?
My family inspires me. My husband is one of the hardest workers and biggest dreamers that I know. My mother has the most patient and loving heart. And, of course, my son. He is my world. They all inspire me to grow and be a better person every day.
What brings you joy?
Things that bring me joy: Empowering women during their pregnancies and during birth. Watching women meet their child for the first time. Testing new products to review for our readers. Planning and preparing baby registries and baby showers.
On a more personal level: Seeing my son smile. Drinking a hot cup of tea. Watching a good movie with my husband. Dancing. Reading a good book. Enjoying a big bowl of ice cream. Hearing my son laugh. Cuddling with my dogs.
What is the key to hiring a good team?
The key to hiring a good team is to find people that are smart, hardworking, they gets sh*t done, are team players, and they know how to have fun. They also (obviously) need to be passionate about what you are doing as well as willing to learn and be coachable.
What was the best gift you received as a first-time mom?
The best gift that I received as a first time mom was the help. Not having to worry about doing the dishes, cleaning up the house, taking out the dogs, and making meals while adjusting to motherhood was everything! I can’t recommend having a support system after you have your baby.