Health: Secrets of the Baby WHISPERER; She's the Celebrity Baby Guru Who the A-List Clamour to Help Them through Those First Days of Parenthood. Here Tracy Hogg Reveals Her Cwtchy-COO Childcare Tips Plus Her Own Secret Health Torment

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Health: Secrets of the Baby WHISPERER; She's the Celebrity Baby Guru Who the A-List Clamour to Help Them through Those First Days of Parenthood. Here Tracy Hogg Reveals Her Cwtchy-COO Childcare Tips Plus Her Own Secret Health Torment


Byline: Tracy Hogg

Tracy Hogg is dressed elegantly in a trouser suit and crisp striped shirt. She's also wearing an expensive looking watch and bracelet, and small, delicate pearl earrings. But all the accessories -and fine grooming -can't hide the fact that she's very thin, drawn and not exactly a picture of health.

That's hardly surprising however. Last August Hogg was given just months to live. And the `baby whisperer' to the stars, the woman who was with Jodie Foster each time she gave birth, and who helped stars such as Michael J Fox and Calista Flockhart with their newborns, for once found herself helpless.

``I'm just getting over having my oesophagus removed,'' says the 42-year-old, her voice cracking with emotion. ``It's one of the rarest cancers and I don't know how I got it and . . .'' her voice trails off, before she continues. ``They gave me six months to live, on August 6 last year. It was my birthday.'' Hogg, who's now a best-selling author and parenting guru, was in the UK when she fell ill. She was initially diagnosed as having a hiatus hernia, but was then told the bad news. ``I went straight back to America for the operation,'' she says with a small, wan smile. ``I'm getting stronger all the time, but I do get tired easily.

``I had to have my throat and everything stretched for a long time, because the surgery kind of went a little bit haywire, but I'm doing really well now. I'm cancer free. ``I can eat if it's mushed up like a baby's and I have to have my throat stretched very regularly.''

The irony of having to eat like a baby is not lost on Hogg, who's made an entire career -and large fortune -through her work with newborns.

She originally worked as a nurse with disabled children and says that taught her the importance of clear communication. It also led to what she calls her ``unique ability'' torelate to babies and she's evangelical about the need to show them ``respect''.

``We forget that they're human beings and what we put in, we get out,'' she says. ``When you're changing a diaper, you don't just whip a baby's legs over its head, you say, `I'm going to change your diaper now' and you keep that pattern of communication going. You're very respectful to the child.''

Hogg is a funny mixture, warm and friendly, with a broad Doncaster accent undimmed by years living abroad. But she's quite ``un-British'' too -confidently proclaiming her special talents for looking after babies and saying that she was worth her huge book advance (at $750,000 -around pounds 450,000 -the highest ever for a parenting book) because she's ``damn good''.

Her transformation from maternity nurse to Hollywood baby whisperer began almost a decade ago. Hogg's second husband Tom was posted to Los Angeles for his job and, after 18 months of commuting between America (where he was) and England (where Hogg's two children from her first marriage, Sara and Sophie were still at school), the mother-of-two followed him to California permanen t

y.

Her first celebrity client was Taxi actress Marilu Henner.

``I had no idea who she was, which was rather embarrassing,''she says. ``But I did a pretty good job with their son Nicholas, so they passed my name on.

``The celebrity circle is very, very small,'' she adds. …

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