Hypnobabies Class Information
Ricky is a Certified Hypnobabies Instructor and has been teaching Hypnobabies Prenatal Classes since 2011. As the first instructor in the Edmonton area she has had the pleasure of teaching this amazing program to over 200 couples! Classes run once weekly for six weeks according to the dates listed below. Each class is 3 & 1/4 hours in length with one break.
Single moms or moms with unavailable birth partners?… Though it is beneficial to have a supportive partner, Hypnobabies can, and has been, successfully used by mothers without a birth partner. A willing birth partner is a bonus!
My Hypnobabies classes are always open and welcoming to anyone, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.
When to start Hypnobabies classes:
The ideal time to start a 6 week class series is anywhere between 4-6 months into your pregnancy. Some women prefer to start earlier, and practicing Hypnobabies helps them to be relaxed, comfortable and confident for the rest of their pregnancies. Others start later, at 6 or 7 months, when they know they are ready to devote the time needed for practice.
How to register:
Please phone me at 780-929-4669 to begin the registration process. Once we speak briefly on the phone I will send you a link to complete your enrollment on-line.
The full class fee will be required upon registration to hold your space in class. I accept cheque, cash or e-transfer. Once I receive your payment and completed enrollment form I will send you your first hypnosis MP3 audio tracks to start listening to before our classes even begin.
Please don’t let financial constraints stand in the way of your peaceful birth! I am open to different payment options make it easier for you if needed.
Register early to avoid disappointment!
Hypnobabies Class Schedule & Location
During the COVID-19 Pandemic classes will be held remotely via Zoom and will run as scheduled.
March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 9:45 pm
Remote via Zoom
Class is full
May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
Thursday evenings 6:30 - 9:45 pm
5223 - 89 Street, 2nd Floor (Beginnings Midwifery Care)
5 spaces left
*1 “space” = room for one couple*
Private classes also available anytime.
Please contact me for more information
Private classes are held in my home in Beaumont or in your home (depending on location)
Depending on interest, I may run a class on a weeknight starting mid-June. Please contact me if interested.
Class Fee & What's Included
Group Class Fee (including GST): $425 per couple
or $400 per couple if registered 3 weeks prior to 1st class
*The full course fee would be refunded if the course is cancelled*
Doula package discount: I will take $50 off my doula fee if you are also taking my classes
All class materials and MP3 audio tracks are included in the fee:
284 page Hypnobabies workbook
17 hypnosis tracks for the Hypno-Mom (in MP3 or CD format) – (including 10 hypnosis tracks for labour)
1 hypnosis track for the Birth Partner
The Hypnobabies Quick Reference Guide for Birthing
The Birth Partner’s Guide Booklet
5 Hypnobabies scripts in a spiral bound book
Perineal Massage Information
Many extra Handouts (including our new “Becoming Parent/Dad” weekly handout)
Class 1: Introduction to Hypnobabies:
Introduction to Hypnobabies’ Philosophies and Positive Mindset; Pregnancy Anatomy and Physiology; Belief Systems; The Power of Words and How They Affect Us; How Your Mind Works – The Conscious and Subconscious; The Mind/Body Connection; What Hypnosis is and is NOT; Demonstrations of Hypnosis; How Fear Affects Comfort and Length of Labor; Fear Clearing for Childbirth; Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing – Part 1; “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 1; Optimal Cord Clamping – Part 1; The Importance of Daily Pregnancy Affirmations; The Gifts Your Body Gives You – Your Beautiful Uterus and How it Works; Creating Your “Mental Lightswitch”; Partner Communication Exercise and the “Contract of Trust”; Group B Strep testing information.
Hypnosis Script: “Learning Self-Hypnosis” (Entering hypnosis on your own and controlling all sensations in your body.)
Class 2 - Staying Healthy and Safe
Importance of Staying Healthy and Safe in Pregnancy; Nutritional Guidelines; The High Protein Advantage; Benefits of Eggs; Calcium in Pregnancy; Hydration for Two; Avoidance of Harmful Substances; Safe and Comfortable Prenatal Sleeping and Resting Positions; Prenatal Posture & Alignment; Belly Mapping for Optimal Baby Positioning; Baby Movement Counting; Natural Comfort Measures for Pregnancy; Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing – Part 2; “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 2; Introduction of the Stages of Labour including the “Baby-Kindness” Stage; New Baby Sensitivity Through Bonding; Using Hypnosis for Pregnancy Discomforts and Health; Prenatal Exercises for an Easier Birth; Optimal Pelvic floor Health.
Hypnosis Script: “Creating Anesthesia”. (Modifying your hypnosis to include Hypno-anesthesia and “Eyes-Open Childbirth Hypnosis”.)
Class 3: Your Options in Birthing
Birth Partner’s “Relax and Feel Confident” audio track; Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing – Part 3; “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 3; The Importance of Making Excellent Birthing Decisions; the “Big Secrets”; Detailed Childbirth Choices – Risks, Benefits and Alternatives for Common Procedures; Informed Consent/Choice, Hospital Forms and Your Rights; Questions for Caregivers – Consumer Issues and Positive Communication; Creating the Birth Plan of your Dreams; “Big” Babies; Packing Your Birth Bag; Touring Your Place of Birth; Benefits of a Professional Labour Assistant; “Hypno-Doulas”; Introduction of the Abdominal Lift and Tuck Birthing Techniques.
Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 1 - Birth Hypnosis Tools”. (Learning cues for deepening hypnosis and Hypno-anesthesia instantly.)
Class 4: The Onset of Labour & Birthing Comfort:
Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing – Part 4; “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 4; Your “Guess Date” and Normal Length of Pregnancy; Preparing for your Birthing Day; Engagement; Braxton-Hicks Pre-birthing Waves; Signs of Birthing Beginning; Amniotic Membranes Breaking – Your Safe Choices; True vs. “False” Labour; How to Time Your Birthing Waves (contractions); Your Birth Log; When to go to the Birth Place; Automatic Comfort and Relaxation on “The Drive” and Arrival at Your Place of Birth (if out of your home); Hypno-Guardians; Nurses – the Unsung Heroes; Using Hypnosis for Comfort During Internal Exams; Dilation, Effacement, Position and Station of Baby; Epidurals – Becoming Fully Informed; Hormones of Birth; Waterbirth; Creating a Safe and Serene Birthing Environment; Nausea Elimination; Optimal Fetal Positioning; Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy; Birthing Positions hands-on practice (with Birth Partner Assistance); Abdominal Lift & Tuck; Rebozo & Physical Comfort Techniques (with Birth Partner Assistance); Benefits and Use of a Birth Ball; How to use your Hypnosis during Pressure Waves- Hypnosis Deepening Techniques; Hypnosis Audio Tracks for labour; Preparation for Comfortable Pushing.
Hypnosis Script: “Hypnotic Childbirth # 2 – Deepening Your Hypno-Anesthesia.” (Birth Partner Cues for instantly deepening hypnosis and moving anesthesia around to different areas of your body.)
Class 5: Birth Partners, Transition and Birth:
Birth Partners Training: Your Role During Pregnancy and Birthing Reviewed; Empowering Birth Partners – Know how to have her back; Protecting the Hypno-Mom; Birth Partner Hypnosis Tools (plus 4 Pages of Verbal Birthing Cues & the Change of Plans Hypnosis Script); How a Labour Assistant (Doula) Can Help the Hypno-Partner.
Mindfulness for Peaceful Birthing – Part 5; “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 5; The Beautiful Progress of Labour (and its variations); Natural Augmentation Techniques; Emotional & Physical Signs of Birthing Progress; Late First Stage Labour – Transition…or “Transformation”; Trusting in Your Body, Your Mind and your Baby; Early Urge to Push; Effective Positions for Pushing; Comfortable Mother-Directed Pushing; Exhale Pushing and Avoiding the “Ring of Fire” with Hypnosis; Physiological/Optimal Cord Clamping – Part 2; Benefits of Skin to Skin; Safe Birthing of the Placenta; Postpartum Choices; Cesarean Birth – When is it necessary?; Avoiding a Cesarean Section; Informed Choices about VBAC; Breech Birth Options; Posterior Baby – Techniques to encourage baby to rotate into optimal position; Choosing to Use your Hypnosis; Hypnobabies Tools & Tracks Cheat Sheet.
Hypnosis techniques practice: Using Hypnobabies in the Moment! Full practice of our Hypnobabies Lightswitch techniques, Peace cue, Release cue, Birth Partner’s cues, and Moving Hypno-Anesthesia around Your Body.
Class 6: Birthing Your Baby and Beyond (Breastfeeding & Postpartum):
In-depth Birthing Rehearsal using all Hypnobabies Techniques, Birth Ball, Movement, Positional Changes and Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis where our Hypno-Moms and Birth Partners practice their Hypnobabies cues and techniques together, in hypnosis, culminating with “giving birth” using Hypno-Anesthesia. Your instructor will guide you through it every step of the way as you get a feel for what it will be like on the big day.
New Mother and Baby Care: “Becoming Parent/Dad” – Part 6; Postpartum – What to expect in the first few weeks; Care for the New Mother; Baby Blues & Postpartum Mood Disorders; Immediate Newborn Care & Procedures – What to Expect & Options available; Vaccinations & Circumcision; Creating a Newborn Baby Care Plan/Choices for Baby’s Care (including Hospital and Homebirth); Normal Newborn Appearance; The Mind of a Newborn; Benefits of Breastfeeding for baby & mothers; Breastfeeding, an Overview – colostrum, engorgement, supply & demand, feeding patterns, hunger cues, feeding positions, latching, milk flow & how to know if your baby getting enough?; Breastfeeding and Jaundice, Laid-Back Breastfeeding; BF Support & Resources, Benefits of Babywearing; Attachment Parenting Information, and much more!
Additional Hypnosis tracks (in CD or MP3 format) included in the course materials: Fear Clearing & Deepening, Visualize your Birth, Hypnobabies Relaxation Music, Birth Guide (Easy First Stage & Pushing Baby Out), two wonderful Affirmations tracks (Joyful Pregnancy Affirmations & Birthing Day Affirmations!), & Your Birthing Time Begins (with wonderful reminders for when things start).
Hypnobabies Home Study Advantage Class
If you have chosen to take the Hypnobabies Self-Study Course, I offer a special private class in your home (or mine) to better prepare you for your Hypnobabies birth once you have completed the home-study program on your own.
The purpose of this class is to help you and your partner pull all of your Hypnobabies techniques and cues together and gain confidence in how to use them all. This includes a birth rehearsal so you can see your hypnosis skills in action in labour/birth positions (fantastic for visualizing your birth and helping you and your birth partner know how to best work together in your birthing time). We’ll also review the Birth Partner’s Guide together so your partner is very prepared to assist you on the big day. We’ll watch a few very inspiring Hypnobabies birth videos too. If you have a doula it would be very beneficial for her to attend this class as well.