What my students are saying after taking my classes:
“Ricky offered a very safe, comfortable environment to learn. Small class size and genuine interest in her student’s success and progress made for a great experience. It’s definitely an inspiring and empowering program!”
“I feel empowered about my upcoming birthing time, and I was extremely fearful to start. The scripts helped me so much and I am ready! I can do this!”
“Ricky is a very knowledgeable and positive instructor. I really looked forward to the class each week and feel comfortable and prepared for my birthing day.”
“It really prepared us and made me feel confident for the big day. I look forward to the day and to be able to put what I’ve learned to use. ”
“Hypnobabies is much more than a class teaching hypnosis. It informs upcoming parents of the processes leading up to and including the birthing period and rights in the hospital or with a midwife. It really prepares you for a wonderful birthing time.”
“I’ve found the waves to be very pressure like and not frightening or painful as I had once envisioned. Hypnobabies has definitely reprogrammed my mind and I’m feeling so confident and positive about my birthing time, yay!!! I’m so happy and empowered”
“Hypnobabies brought my husband and I closer during my pregnancy. It gave us knowledge and allowed us to feel empowered about our decisions for our birthing time. The class was very informative and helped ease our worries and concerns about the process. Ricky is a great teacher! The class was well worth every penny spent.”
“Hypnobabies helped myself and my partner feel prepared and excited for our birthing time!”
“This class was far more beneficial (mentally, emotionally and physically) than the hospital prenatal class!” – (This from a 2nd time mom who took the hospital classes with her first baby. This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard comments like this).
“Extremely educational. I feel prepared, relaxed and calm with childbirth and post pregnancy.”
“I found you to be easy to listen to and learn from. I loved the laid back environment.”
“A great class that helps you prepare for childbirth like no other class will. Would recommend for everyone.”
“Very comfortable and calm place for VERY valuable knowledge and learning.”
“It’s a great class. Instills a lot of confidence in the birth mom and partner. Makes birthing look easy and natural over what we see and hear in everyday life”
“Teaching was well informed and presented in an easy to understand way.”
“Class made me feel very confident for my birthing time.”
“I came into the class with anxiety about the birth process. I am now excited and looking forward to using my Hypnobabies tools.”
“I’ve gone from having fear and anxiety about childbirth to excitement and calm feelings.”
“Ricky was very calm and pleasant. Also very supportive and intuitive to the class mood.”
“Hypnobabies has helped both myself and my birth partner feel calm and confident going into our birthing time!”
“We have found all of the information and support we were given in our Hypnobabies class has educated and empowered us to a point where we are both so excited for the birth of our little one! This class has been invaluable for both of us!”
“Before, I was nervous about our birthing time and now I feel really prepared and excited.”
“The Hypnobabies class helped me feel confident and empowered about birthing my baby. It took away my fears and doubts completely.”
What my students are saying about their birth experiences:
“Thanks Ricky, the midwives could not believe how calm I was and that I could joke around while being 8 cm dilated. It was a very long birth and probably would have gone to the hospital if it wasn’t for the classes!”
~ Julie ~
“We wanted to express how wonderful and beneficial we found the Hypnobabies class to be. I had my water break at 10:30 am and the first birthing wave happened around 1:30. I was able to remain comfortably at home until I was checked by my midwife at 9:30 pm to discover I was 8 cm. We then headed to Lucina Birth Centre where I had a water birth and she was born at 2:00 am. We chose to do the delayed cord clamping with took 15 mins.
The techniques that I learned I put into practice and was able to have a natural birth with no fear or complications. Family and friends were amazed at how easily everything progressed and how well I handled everything from start to end without any unnecessary medical interventions. Chris and I both speak very highly of the Hypnobabies class and we are recommending it to everyone. Thank you Ricky for being patient and very knowledgeable. You were a great instructor.”
~ Chris & Elisa ~
“The most intense part certainly seemed like only 10-15 minutes. The birthing time went very quickly for me.”
“Thank you for being there. We cannot thank you enough! I am so very happy how things turned out; there are no words to describe how good it felt for things to work out so great. There are so many people who I have shared the Hypnobabies info with. There is no way I would have been so involved in my own pregnancy and researching if it wasn’t for you, Hypnobabies, and the very supportive doctors at Ellerslie Maternity Care Clinic.”
“After Ella’s birth, I couldn’t believe all of my wishes were fulfilled. Ella came naturally and I was able to avoid an epidural. Our doula, Ricky, and her awesome Hypnobabies prenatal classes gave me the confidence and support that I needed to have the ‘perfect’ birth. I continued to use the Hypnobabies relaxation tracks especially during the first two days of breast feeding because I experienced shaking, cold, and pressure waves. Thank goodness for Hypnobabies! I am a huge advocate of the program and so thankful we had the opportunity to be able to take the classes.”
~ Nicole & Chris Sailes ~
“This course was INVALUABLE in giving us the tools we needed to understand our birthing time and to prepare for the big day the best we could. In my opinion a course like this was critical in feeling confident moving through this process of pregnancy and birth and had the added element of hypnosis which was a tremendous tool in coping with pressure waves (contractions) and finding the confidence in myself to make my way through an intervention free birth.
Ricky supported us during the birth, providing my husband tools to use with me and also did hands on techniques from our Hypnobabies course and supported us using energy work, positioning and breath work. The Hypnobabies course along with Ricky’s support was invaluable and I can’t recommend it enough. She had a fun approach to the course, left it open for discussion, answered all our questions and we left feeling empowered.
I 100% recommend Ricky as a doula and as a Hypnobabies course administrator and would highly recommend that as a new mother especially you seek out support and information from a doula to help prepare you for your birth.”
~ Shauna & Troy McMartin ~
“Boston was born at Lucina Birth Centre, medication free and we did utilize our Hypnobabies techniques for the birth.
I found the Birth Day Affirmations the most useful for my early/mid birthing time… I listened to this with headphones, focusing on the positive affirmations which helped me feel calm and comforted. During transformation I really focused on the anaesthesia component of the training… My anesthesia was orange although I didn’t focus so much on the color to block the intense pressure of the birth but as a visual reminder that my body was completely relaxed and open – and that was incredibly effective for me. I found that keeping my light switch off during pressure waves really helped to keep me completely relaxed and not tensed up which helped my labor progress very quickly and made his actual passage very quick. He was born after only 2 hours and 18 minutes of labor and was birthed after one spontaneous push… I gave birth standing up! The information i received in your Hypnobabies class greatly impacted my frame of mind going into my birthing time and gave me a sense of happy anticipation, instead of the uncertainty and trepidation I felt with my first pregnancy. I look back on my birthing experience with Boston with an immense fondness. I don’t know many women who would say they’d love to give birth all over again – but I truly would because my midwife combined with the skills I learned in your Hypnobabies class helped me connect with how naturally beautiful a medication free child birth can be.”
(Click on the picture to see more photos of this beautiful birth)
“Stella was born at home on August 3rd after 42 hours of labour!!! I had my sister with me and her 3 year old son an Dave and we all worked hard all weekend long to meet Stella :). Dave was the PERFECT birth partner and I know it was all because of Hypnobabies. The first hours of pressure waves I spent alone with my CDs, I loved the quiet time to process everything that was going to come. Dave was on the ball with scripts for the first day. After that he abbreviated everything down to key words to help me through the waves.
Where Hypnobabies helped the most was when my midwife told me I absolutely had to sleep and at this point I’d been up for three nights in a row. There I was desperate for sleep and in so much discomfort I thought there was no way I could sleep but there was no way I’d make it if I didn’t. It was my moment of truth with Hypnobabies. I was armed with everything I needed I get through this and I just had to use it. So I went to sleep finally the morning of the 3rd and fell right to sleep only to be woken up by an intense surge. So I willed all the anesthesia I could with the finger drop and I fell asleep again before it was over and then I would awaken again for the next surge. I spent two hours in a weird tug of war in a dazed dreamland… But I slept!!! I don’t know how I did it!!
The finger drop worked through transition too. I had some pressure waves that felt beyond me to control and some that were nothing if I put my mind to it. Stella was born on a Sunday evening in the pool and I am so proud of myself for doing it all drug free and without fear! Dave and I are in love with her and each other more than we ever thought possible. Thank you Ricky for being a part of our pregnancy and birth experience! You are a gem and I was meant to meet you!”