Nest Family Centre has helped me become an empowered and confident first time mom. We first visited the Nest when my daughter was just two weeks old for help with breastfeeding. Hillery sat with my husband, baby and I while we discussed what we were struggling with. With her expert guidance and support we were able to overcome the many hurdles we were facing and master the art of breastfeeding.
Nest Family Centre offers great classes, which have helped in my post partum recovery, and getting back into shape. The instructors are motivating, give alternative exercises depending on you ability and are very flexible in changing up the activities if needed be, depending on the mood of the babies.
My family and I would not be thriving as were are today without Hillery’s support and knowledge. The “You are a Mama!”, and “You are a Mama Still!” classes have been a tremendous support. I can honestly say that without these classes my family would be in a very different place.
On top of all of this, Nest’s store had amazing products that have helped in my daughter’s development. From choosing and trying on the right carrier, to a baby toothbrush that helps to relieve her sore gums from teething, and gentle all natural wipes for her sensitive bum, Hillery brings in the best baby products out there.
Nest Family Centre had been like a second home for me and I can truly say that I am a life long “nester!”
We knew we wanted to take a prenatal class, but had a choice to make first. Her co-worker advisory committee of new-mothers was insisting on Nest Family Centre, while I was skeptical at the value Nest might hold over a free community center crash-course. As a not-yet-dad I knew the advice mum-to-be is hearing from 5 new mums at work held all 6 of her votes, so we signed-up.
I’m really glad we did, I enjoyed every session! Hillery has an extremely clear and entertaining tell-it-like-it-is way of teaching that allowed for a quick pace and really engaged my curiosity. I found the discussions fascinating and the atmosphere warm, friendly, and inviting. The reassuring guidance we received from Nest holds a value I’ll remember for years and recommend for any new parent.
By Chris S.
I LOVE NEST!!!! I came to nest when my baby was 6 weeks old and joined the “You are a Mama” Series. I honestly don’t know where I would be today without Hillery, the support from Nest & other moms and all the love we have been given from the facility. My baby is now 8 months old and I have joined You are a Mama & You are a Mama (Still) every month since my first time!!! I have made some amazing friends, whom I believe I have built lifelong friendships with that I would have never otherwise met. It’s so nice to know that your not alone, in the new feelings of mommy hood, (mama guilt) that I felt so many times, until discussing issues with the mama group. I learned it’s OK to not be perfect, and that 1 mama can’t do everything! I am so grateful for Hillery and everything that Nest has to offer!04.02.13
Just thought I would drop you a quick note to let you know we had our boys via emergency C-section. Thanks to you, we felt fully prepared and although we were surprised they were so early, we felt very confident in our abilities to cope and knew exactly what to expect step-by-step. Your help was invaluable and we are so grateful you were able to be part of the biggest day of our lives!! Both boys are doing well and we are home and just enjoying each other’s company. Thank you again for all your help, it made what could have been the scariest night of our lives into the most magical one.
After attending a regular city offered prenatal class with a pregnant friend I wanted something different. I looked up prenatal classes online and came across Baby Rush. I called Hillery to ask her a few questions and could tell over the phone that she absolutely LOVED her job as a nurse and just had a general urge to share her knowledge. My husband and I signed up for the 6 week prenatal class and about five minutes after the class started I realized how much better this class would be than any free city offered classes. I’ve quite often heard “Prenatal classes are useless” but this one definitely helped us. Hillery not only touched on every single question I had but also gave WAY MORE information that I ever could have imagined and was hysterical every single class. She’s very open-minded and comes across like a doula with her knowledge on some occasions. She had so many great tips on birthing positions, a few things to buy, and other things to avoid etc, etc, etc. Also the videos Hillery chose to show were informative and not scary. The classes went by insanely fast and it was fun shopping around Lux for Sprouts during breaks. Even after the class I had a few questions and she was absolutely great. She recommended a few services to help me with my pregnancy and to get me into labour. I just have the utmost respect for Hillery and can’t stress enough how she cares for pregnant women / babies and truly wants to do anything to make labour as enjoyable as it can be. I thought about Hillery a lot when I was in labour and was told my nurses/doctors regularly how calm I was and I didn’t get epidural until 40+ hrs of labour. Because of Hillery’s class, I knew that if I said no to drugs at one point, I would still have a very good chance of getting the epidural if I decided I needed it. She just gives you the confidence you need to get through one of the most memorable days of your life. Hillery also came to meet Hayden since she was working the day after I had him. My family even commented how fun she was and was very impressed with her. Hillery is just a breath of fresh air and I looked forward to class every week. Thanks for every thing Hillery… I’ll recommend you to every 1st time pregnant woman I know.
by Leigh R.
We can’t thank Hillery enough. The prenatal classes we attended turned out to be a great benefit to both myself and my husband. They were very informative and had a personal touch, and provided us with more beneficial information than we both expected. My husband doesn’t handle medical things very well, but the classes really helped to prepare him for what was coming; and he was with me until the very end! For me, the classes helped prepare me for the upcoming changes in my pregnancy and what to expect before, during, and after. Because of these classes, we were well informed of all our options for the birth of our daughter and the labour/birthing process was a comfortable one that we were extremely happy with. Thanks again Hillery!
by Amanda & Kory S.
My husband and I took the 6 week class that Hillery offers and it truly changed the way I felt about child birth – I finally felt educated! Hillery broke down things we read in books and made them real life for us, she has real life examples from her work and her experience. The best thing about Hillery is that you truly have a feeling of ‘someone in your corner’ – she’s never left one of my questions unanswered and has all the knowledge that you will need. Thanks again Hillery for making this such a wonderful experience!
by Amanda and Brad T.
I cannot sing the praises of Hillery or her Baby Rush program enough! My husband and I chose to go with her program and opted for the private classes after being referred by a friend and we were so glad we did! Hillery was passionate, extremely knowledgeable, super friendly and gave me the confidence to trust my body. Her classes covered everything we needed to know and helped to eliminate a lot of the fear and uncertainty of labour. On top of providing very informative classes, Hillery has continued to be extremely supportive after the classes ended and has answered our many email questions to her! We really don’t know what we would’ve done without her wisdom and guidance. Thank you Hillery for your wonderful classes and for your continued support when we needed it! You’re amazing!
by Joleen and Brad S.
My husband and I could never thank you enough for all of the information you provided us in your classes. I am so happy we chose to use you and Baby Rush for our prenatal classes. We used everything you taught us to bring our baby boy into this world. My goal was to have our son born without the use of any drugs and with the help of your classes I was able to do that. Before taking your class I was incredibly nervous about having my baby but after our session together I felt 100% ready and more confident. We even had a nurse comment on how well informed we were and how well my husband and I worked together as a team and we owe that all to you!! We will also be forever grateful for your “drop by” visit after our little man was born to help me out with a breastfeeding session. Thank you again for everything!
by Marlee S.
We really enjoyed your pre-natal program and wanted to share our good news with you. We had a great birthing experience at the Women’s Hospital. We made it through labor primarily sitting on a ball and using a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) device for pain management. Your instruction really helped us to be excited about each stage of the labor and to know what to expect; we never felt like we were out of the loop. We are totally in love with our little man. Once again thank you.
by Steve H.
I just wanted to say thank you once again for your class! It really helped me when I went into labour. Thanks again for everything! Labour was so much less stressful because of your class!!
by April B
We used all the information we learned in our classes to get us through the delivery of our little girl Ava. Without those classes it would have been much harder. I would recommend prenatal classes to anyone, but even more so, I would recommend baby rush classes! Our instructor Hillery is passionate about bringing babies into the world. That passion is what enabled us to remember what to do at the time of delivery. We never panicked and it was our first delivery. Our baby is a Baby Rush baby!
My labour was long, and difficult. After deliberation between doctors, nurses and myself, we decided to go in for a c-section…. (at 30 hours in) I am sure this would have been extremely scary if I had not been informed from your class. It was a vey rough start, and I know that it would have been much worse if I had not come to the classes. Corey continued to remind me that things were normal and that we were told these things could happen. I remember learning that a birth plan always changes when its baby time, and we don’t get to decide how the labour will go, all we can do is focus on what we are doing it for. I thought of you when my nurse looked me in the eyes and said, “You can do this Carmyn. I need you to stay strong for your baby” Thank you for your help along the way. You had a bigger effect on us than you may think.
The Baby Rush classes were great because it provided me with the knowledge to recognise the different stages of pregnancy and then the actual birthing process. As a man, I found that this understanding truly helped me to keep my cool as I watched my wife give birth to our first child. Knowing what to expect helped keep me focussed and present and therefore better able to help my wife. I am very grateful to Hillery and the Baby Rush classes!
” My husband and I chose to attend Hillery’s class and were more than happy with all we learned and took away from her program. We really found it was important to take a prenatal class, because when the time comes you want to be as prepared as possible. Not knowing what is going on and what will be happening to you and your body through the labour and delivery can be a scarey thing and for a first time mom, a lot of unknowns. When my husband and I went to the hospital we knew exactly what was going to happen and what options were available to us. Hillery covered everything that could possibly happen to you from the time you start labour at home and knowing when to go to the hospital, what types of pain remedies you have to chose from, and what are good practices to use to help push little baby into the world. I really found everything I learned from Hillery to be current, and reletive to what happened to me throughout my pregnancy and what I went through at the hospital when I finally gave birth to my sweet angel.”
by Nicole K.
My wife suggested that we take this course together and I must admit that I was slightly hesitant at first. I wasn’t quite sure why we needed to take prenatal classes or how we’d benefit from them. After the very first class with Hillery, I realized we made a good decision and was glad we’d enrolled. Hillery taught us so much that I had no clue about before. With the knowledge we’ve gained, it will definitely reduce our stress and make our baby’s birth day a wonderful experience. What makes a course really good is the teacher. Hillery is a registered nurse that delivers babies for a living. What better teacher could we have hoped for? Also, I can honestly say that I have never met anyone more passionate about their work than Hillery. I hope that we will be lucky enough to have her deliver our baby when that special day comes. Guys, I strongly recommend taking this course. You and your wife will be glad you did.
by Marshall K.
We were very satisfied with Hillery’s classes and would definitely recommend them to others. Hillery is very passionate about her job, and it shows. Her classes are well prepared and she is very knowledgeable about pregnancy, labour, delivery and the post-partum period. We enjoyed absorbing all the interesting pieces of information she had to share with us each class.
by Christina & Marshall K
Baby Rush definitely helped prepare us for the birth of our little girl. We had some complications during labor and delivery, but because Hillery taught us about all of the terms and procedures used, we were able to stay calm. We would whole-heartedly suggest taking these classes to prepare for whatever may happen during birth, especially if it is your first!
by Cara & Justin C.
I am a person who is ultimately afraid of pain, blood and doctors – so having a baby not only frightened me, but it scared my mother who was my support person! So when we heard about Baby Rush – my mom signed me up right away. Hillery was very informative and was able to answer all our questions. She knew everything that I needed to – and I was able to conquer my fear (thanks to her) and deliver my bundle of joy naturally! I knew what was going on, and how to do what I needed to! I also knew what my choices were during labour and delivery – and what to do with my baby once she was born! I recommend Baby Rush Prenatal to everyone- Hillery is fantastic!
by Amanda S.
“Hillery’s classes are friendly, informative and inclusive covering a number of perspectives on childbirth and the early days of infant care. Most importantly, Hillery led and coached her participants to recognize the strength that each woman has, to gain confidence in that knowledge, and become empowered by it.”
by Hilary O.
“My husband and I were both really busy with work and knew that if we decided on taking a prenatal class there would inevitably be some classes that we would no be able to attend. Although we missed out on having a chance to meet other expecting couples we decided to have Hilllery come to our home for 2 sessions over the weekend- We were delighted with our choice. Hillary was wonderful and we fully recommend her to anyone thinking about a prenatal class. She might be young but she is very knowledgeable. She passed on a ton of information, answered all of our questions and helped us know what to expect not only with the birth but with the hospitals resources and procedures as well. She even stopped in to see us at St. Boniface when I was in labour- even though her shift was over and she should have been on her way home. I can’t say enough good things about our experiences with Hillery!!!”
by Laura H.
I heard about Hillery’s class from a friend who works in Labour and Delivery who mentioned that she was doing prenatal classes. My husband Gerald and I signed up. We very much enjoyed the classes. Hillery is very excited about pregnancy, babies, and giving birth. I haven’t met someone so passionate about these topics before and this made the class enjoyable. She is very knowledgeable about the topics, and when she didn’t know the answer, she would find out. All of the information was presented in an easy to understand way, which for first time parents was really good and helped to ease some nervousness and concerns for delivery. I think having done the course really helped to make the whole delivery experience easier because we were well informed of things that would or could happen. While we were in the hospital, Hillery also came to visit us a couple times, both before and after our daughter was born and this was great because it was a familiar face and she was again very encouraging. I strongly encourage any one considering taking a prenatal course to do this one. I’ve already recommend Hillery to a friend, and they also enjoyed the course as well.
by Sandy P.