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Reply Fallon & Blair Dodd
4:39 PM on August 4, 2017 

Effie was a great instructor, and the pre-natal classes definitely helped prepare us for when we brought our newborn home. I highly recommend these classes for anyone either having their first child, or needing a refresher for coming home with a second child - as you can't rely on the hospital to show/explain everything to you in the overwhelming time you're there. Effie was full of first hand experience and knowledge in what to generally expect once at the hospital and coming home with a newborn. She was easy to talk to a helpful with any personal questions we had about our specific experience. Thank you so much Effie! I walked into her class not even have held a newborn before, and felt more confident once my baby came into the world having taken these classes. 

Reply Julie Gorecki
1:50 PM on July 25, 2017 
Wow.... what a great class! Lots of great info. Effie is so easy to talk to and explained everything so well. I never felt rushed if I had any questions...no question was a stupid one. She gave me and my husband great techniques to use on the day we welcome our new bundel of joy! My husband had no idea what to expect or what roll he would be playing on the big day! Now he knows and is happy to be able to be helpful to me when that day comes. Thank you again for everything!!!
Reply Stacey G
4:13 PM on May 29, 2017 
We would like to say thank you to Effie for all that we learnt in the prenatal classes. It was very helpful in so many ways. I felt prepared for labour and the challenges and choices to be made. Caring for baby has been simplified with the all of the tips and advice from Effie. I would highly recommend this class to anyone having a baby.
Reply Melanie and Danian
1:37 PM on May 29, 2017 

Effie, we just wanted to say thank you for a great prenatal education experience. You were able to answer all of our questions, plus everything we didn't think of. We walked away feeling a lot more prepared than we did going in. We would recommend you to all our friends and family!!!

thanks again!

Danian and Melanie

Reply Ali McIntosh
5:45 PM on April 27, 2017 

Just wanted to say thank you for doing our prenatal class back in February. I can't say that I remembered everything you said while I was actually in labour lol, but your advice about everything else has really helped out! Labour was not what I expected- but there's really no way to know how it's going to be until you actually get there. I ended up having back labour, and my husband was able to help me by pushing on my hips the way you showed us.

 

Everything's been going well since we brought him home. My husband says he definitely wouldn't have felt so comfortable without you showing him different holds and how to change the diaper and everything. And the holds you showed me for breast feeding helped me feel confident when I first tried, and we were able to establish a latch right away.

What I found most helpful was how you showed us all of our options, not just ones you might personally subscribe to. This made us more prepared for some things that came up through the labour, and since. I'd highly recommend Effie to anyone having a child!

 

Reply Emily & Carlos
2:09 PM on April 18, 2017 

Effie was a great teacher! We learned a lot from her before the delivery.  She is very patient and has a lot of experience. 

Thank you,

Emily & Carlos

Reply Caitlin & Kyle
1:38 PM on March 27, 2017 

We were a bit nervous at the prospect of being new parents and were not sure  what to expect from the class. As we attended the classes we were very pleased with the atmosphere and the material covered. Effie helped answer our questions and dispel a lot of misinformation that circulates through popular media and secondhand stories. We have since had our baby (a great little boy named Benjamin) and we found that what we learned in class has really helped us through the labour and postpartum periods. We highly recommend this class for new parents and parents who are expecting another child alike.

Reply Amamnda & Brad
6:20 AM on February 14, 2017 

Effie is a wonderful educator. She put a lot of our first time parent nerves at ease. We would definitely recommend her workshops to any soon to be parents.

Reply Jackie & Peter
9:52 AM on February 3, 2017 

At the start of our session with Effie we knew very little about our life ahead and how to plan accordingly. Effie was very patient with us and explained everything. She always takes the time to make sure all of your questions are answered. Thank you for all of the helpful information. We feel much more comfortable now and ready and excited to be parents!

Reply Nina and Lowel
4:22 PM on November 22, 2016 
There is so much to learn specially for first-time parents and taking this prenatal class with Effie is so important and empowering. We are so happy to have decided to take this class and have our questions answered. Effie even offered support if we do have questions in the future. I feel much more confident in giving birth and the postnatal part. I realized through the help of this class that giving birth is not something to be feared but rather enjoyed and to be faced confidently with adequate knowledge. We will update Effie when our Christmas baby comes. Thank you so much and may you continue to impart valuable knowledge to pregnant couples! ??
Reply Rachelle and Heng Lee
11:53 AM on October 24, 2016 

We had our prenatal classes on Oct 15 and 22. Being first time parents, we had no idea what to expect. We even thought that maybe we didn't even need to go to these classes. Boy, we were wrong! Effie did such an amazing amazing job. We learned soooo much. LIterally we felt like everything she taught us are so very useful. She is very knowledgeable in her field and we love that she took the time to answer everyone's questions. We never felt like she rushed through any topics and everything was very clear. Although we know that we can't ever bee 100% prepared for our arrival of our baby, we are more confident now thanks to Effie. 
Thanks so much for everything, Effie!
SIncerely,
Heng and Rachelle

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8:56 AM on October 3, 2016 

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Reply Akasha Allen
12:53 AM on June 27, 2016 

Effie's classes were fantastic! Wiith her wealth of knowledge and experience, she delivered the classes in a fun and informative way. We learned so much, especially the what's what during labour and things that have helped us get through the first week of having baby around. Truly a pleasure to have met such a wonderful teacher and mother. :)

Reply Carmina & Dylan
9:11 AM on May 12, 2016 

Effie is a wonderful instructor! We learned a lot of valuable and practical information from her. Her class was truly informative and she is always asking if anyone has any questions. She is truly a pleasure to meet and to learn from. We would highly recommend her to any soon-to-be parents!

Reply Alicia & Don
11:01 AM on April 26, 2016 
Abigail was born on 4/18 two and half weeks early from the due day ... Healthy and it was a quick and memorable, once again we want to thank Effie for a great prenatal class that we got so much great information to used for every moment before and after our baby life start :)
Reply Elishka & Taha
6:24 PM on February 21, 2016 

Dear Effie,

Thank you for the prenatal classes and the hospital tour. It was very informative and the classes were lots of fun. We used the information we learned from you during labour, at the delivery, and also now with our baby.

Our little one was born a couple of weeks ago at Scarborough General in the Jacuzzi (water birth) with the help of 2 midwives. It was an amazing experience and I encourage all expectant mothers to consider it. 

Your classes gave us confidence in parenting our newborn.

Thank you,

Elishka & Taha

Reply Marina & Evrim
5:24 PM on February 13, 2016 

Dear Effie,

Thanks a lot for your classes! It was very informative and really calm down all my fears. Time passes very quickly during the class as so many questions to be asked and answered. We enjoyed it a lot, especially the part of changing diapers and swaddling the baby ☺️

Wish you all the best and we'll let you know when our little one is born :)

Marina&Evrim

Reply Kashmala & Irfan
3:35 PM on January 31, 2016 

Dear Effie, 

Thank you so much for all the useful and evidence-based information you provided us with! The class was very interesting and informative; the material was really nicely presented and I especially loved the chart illustrations. We will definitely be recommending these classes to our family and friends! 

Take care. 

Reply Lauren & Jermaine
10:11 PM on January 23, 2016 
Thanks so much for everything Effie!! Your class taught us so much on what to expect as new parents. The interactive nature of the class really helped us digest and understand the material. We are now more prepared for our little bundle of joy to arrive!! We definately recommend this class for all new parents. Thanks again!!
Reply Isabella & Steve Brumpton
8:46 PM on December 30, 2015 

Dear Effie,

 

We were so impressed by your well knowledge, updated information and solid practice and were also benefited by them in your prenatal class. Thank you! This is our daughter, Dawne Isabella Brumpton first Christmas and New Year. We, as a new family would like to wish you a Happy New Year and a fabulous 2016. :lol:

 

Warmly,

Brumpton Family


Reply Shane & Janelle
10:46 AM on September 16, 2015 

Effie, 

The 4 hours with you were educational, encouraging, but most of all empowering. We were well prepared for the birth which occurred less than a week later. We knew what to expect, what we should ask, and techniques for handling the pain (which Janelle did like a champ). 

Eliana was born naturally at 6lbs 9ozs. Thanks agan for sharing your experience with us. It really made us feel ready for the event. And thanks too for sharing Leonidas Chocolate store on the Danforth. Mmmm. Those are some tasty chocolates. http://leonidas-chocolates.ca/

Shane & Janelle

Reply Michelle & Tom Apostolis
1:15 PM on March 27, 2015 

Dear Effie,

Tom and I just wanted to thank you for all the helpful tips and key learning experiences we gained from your prenatal class. We learned a great deal from the classes from feeding, swaddling, changing diapers and what to expect when our little one came along. Thankfully we were well prepared and knowledgeable about all our labor options thanks to you.

Wishing you the very best!

PS. Mason was born on March 6th at Scarborough Grace Hospital, weighting 11lbs (exactly) and 2 feet long and in excellent health:D

 

Reply Cristina and Pierre Jacobs
7:40 PM on December 2, 2014 

Effie,  thank you so much again for seeing Pierre and I for our private class.  It was truly worth every penny! We found the session so informative and personalized as you patiently explained and answered all of our questions (and we had many!).  We went into our labour feeling much more confident and relaxed about what to expect and how to help make it easier. 

Thank you also for letting my parents sit in on the Baby Care portion...it's been a while since they've changed a diaper! We are all pros now with our real life doll Ty! 

I will proudly recommend you to any to-be parents looking for some additional support.

Much appreciated,

Cristina

Reply Mary & Patrick
12:03 AM on October 9, 2014 
Effie was an amazing instructor and very reassuring. Not only is she a great instructor but also a wealth of knowledge beyond the classroom content.
Reply Aurianne & Nelson
5:00 PM on August 29, 2014 

Effie,

Thank you so much for all the useful information you provided on the classes me and Nelson attented the last 2 Satrudays.

All of it was super fun and makes us feel a bit more confident in the upcoming challenge we have ahead of us.

So happy we decided do to these classes with you, you are just a wonderful person :).

Thanks so muhc for all your help and advice!!!

Auri & Nelson


Reply Tania & Jason
4:40 PM on May 13, 2014 

Effie

Jason and I enjoyed attending your prenatal classes the past 2 Saturdays. We found them very informative and full of useful information. You are a great presenter and its evident that you love what you do!

Thank you so much for everything and please keep in touch!

Tania :)

Reply Alecsandra & Bogdan Hancas
11:09 PM on April 15, 2014 

We found Effie's prenatal classes very informative, easy to learn and just the right amount of information to prepare new parents and boost your confidance in labour! Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed each class, and would highly recommend for new parents.  

Thanks so much, Effie! We look forward to our journey!

Reply Shammin
8:24 PM on April 11, 2014 

Dear Effie,

My husband and I really enjoyed and learnt a lot in your prenatal classes. It was great to be in an environment where other couples had the same concerns as us and we weren't made to feel like the questions were silly.

You're a great instructor  and I definitely recommend your classes!

Thank you!

Reply Marie
7:27 PM on November 24, 2013 

I must say this was one of the best investments i made in the preperation of my baby!
Effie is a great teacher, she was very knowlagable and insightful with any/all of the class' questions or concerns.
I definietely feel more confident, and im so happy i went.

Thank you again Effie!

Reply Rui
11:55 PM on October 30, 2013 

We were pretty nervous about the coming child birth before the prenatal class started. But only after 2 days' training, we are so glad that we are stuffed with almost all necessary informations parents should be aware of before and after the child birth. In fact we know what we are expected to do from day 1!

 

The prenatal class has a small size so every couple can not only learn but practice with their own hands. Effie is knowledgeable and welcoming. Superb experience for young couples! The tour to Birthmount Hospital is a huge plus.

Reply Rui
11:54 PM on October 30, 2013 

We were pretty nervous about the coming child birth before the prenatal class started. But only after 2 days' training, we are so glad that we are stuffed with almost all necessary informations parents should be aware of before and after the child birth. In fact we know what we are expected to do from day 1!

The prenatal class has a small size so every couple can not only learn but practice with their own hands. Effie is knowledgeable and welcoming. Superb experience for young couples! The tour to Birthmount Hospital is a huge plus. 

Reply Janice and Julius
7:39 PM on October 28, 2013 

Before going to your classes (Oct 19 and 26) we were oblivious about labour and delivery or babies in general.  However, after completing our pre-natal course we felt more confident.  Thanks again for teaching us and providing us with so much information that will definitely come in handy when our baby is born this January 2014.   :)  We will definitely keep in touch.   

Reply Andrew & Megan
10:08 AM on September 27, 2013 

We loved having Effie to our home for a semi-private prenatal class. Andrew and I, along with another couple, really appreciated the knowledge and insight that Effie provided. We learned alot and feel so much more confident in what to expect over the next several months. Thanks Effie!!!

Reply Sara & Abdul
10:37 PM on June 10, 2013 

Just wanted to say that my partner and I enjoyed the class and have learned alot.  We both feel calm and well informed of what is to happen in a few weeks for the birth of our baby boy.  

Thank you Effie for the class and we really did look forward to them those 2 saturday mornings. We would highly recommend them for any couple who is wanting to learn more about labour and what to expect after baby.


Reply William and Lilian
8:27 AM on May 13, 2013 

The 2 day group classes were great. The classes were very informative and it was great talking with other couples going through the same experiences. Thanks for everything Effie you are a great teacher.

Reply Mark & Shelley
7:09 PM on April 28, 2013 

We loved having Effie in our home for a private Prenatal class.  It was comfortable, reassuring, and most informative.

Reply Amanda and Raj
6:34 PM on April 12, 2013 

Effie,  many thanks for your excellent prenatal classes.  After the birth of our daughter, the trips tricks shared in your classes have already come in handy.  We both enjoyed your teaching style and appreciate that you were available to answer some questions even after the classes were over. 

Reply Cynthia and Warren Brown
7:53 PM on March 10, 2013 

Thank you Effie for the fabulous penatal classes! We spent a long time looking into different options for prenatal classes in the city, and couldn't have been happier with our choice. We loved your teaching style and the way you ran your classes and feel that we go so much information out of them to prepare us for the birth of our son, Fionn. The three of us thank you for all of your help and advice. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your classes to other first time parents - keep up the good work!

Reply Stefanie & Isaac
11:14 AM on February 21, 2013 

Dear Effie,

Just wanted to say thank you for such an enjoyable class :) Even though I've already read about 3 books on pregnancy and labor, I must say, I still found the class very enjoyable and refreshing. It was also great to be able to ask any outstanding questions I had (and I had many :P). Being able to get some "hands on" experience changing the baby, practicing massages, etc, was also amazing. Intitally when we signed up for the classes, I must admit that I was dreading at the thought of sitting through two 5-hour classes on a Saturday, but it was indeed a great class and time flew by! Thanks again for being so energetic, knowledgeable and patient :) I would definitely recommend your class to any friends/family that are looking to take prenatal classes.

Reply Henny and Uwe
2:10 PM on November 30, 2012 

Dear Effie,

We really enjoyed your prenatal and CPR course and want to thank you for all the information. It helped both of us to stay motivated and coping great during the first 30 hours of labor without intervention during which the birth ball and various labor positions came in handy. And even though we had our mind set on a completely natural birth, when pitocyin and an epidural became necessary for the sake of our baby in the end, we were at least able to make an informed decision.

Thank you for everything, we will definitely be recommending your classes!

Reply Ashlie
1:35 PM on September 26, 2012 

Dear Effie,

Thank you so much for the wonderful series of classes you taught this past summer. Your advice and help was accurate, straightfoward, and extremely helpful. As a new mother, I have no idea where I would be had we not taken these courses with you. I am still referring to my notes three weeks into my new son's life and will continue to peruse them moving forward, perhaps even looking to them again for a second pregnancy in the future. 

You are a wonderful teacher who's kindness and intelligence shines through your instruction. 

Thank you and God bless you,

Ashlie & Jeff

Reply Amanda Kaziovski
9:47 AM on August 20, 2012 

We would like to thank Effie from the bottom if our hearts for the education and guidance she has given us through New Life Prenatal. We are now feeling very confident in becoming new parents. Taking this class was one of the best decisions we've made. Thank you Effie. :)

Reply Grace Mistry
8:06 PM on August 6, 2012 

Effie,

Thank you for prepping us for labour & delivery and bringing baby home.  The class provided us with the right amount of information and the best tip (of the many you shared) was to use yoga breaths for labour.  I did so and managed through 72 hours without an epidural (ended up getting one after 2 hours of pushing as baby was not face down and had to be turned). I felt in control, totally calm and collected through it and our 9 week old daughter Olivia is doing great!  All the best!

Grace & Mike

Reply Andrea & John
1:33 PM on August 2, 2012 

Thank you for a wonderful experience! Your class helped educate us of all the changes to expect and most of all, made us aware that we are not alone in our thoughts and worries. We feel prepared with information and confidence that we will get through everything calmly and successfully. Your wealth of knowledge is comforting and i'm very glad we attended!!

Thanks!!

Reply Brian and Tamara
3:39 PM on July 24, 2012 

Effie,

Your class was a fantastic prep for our labour and delivery.  We ended up having Liam at home due in large part to you!  Brian and I worked so well together because of our training.  I was able to stay relaxed because I knew what to expect and that made my labour progress quickly.  Our midwife arrived at 6am and Liam was in my arms at 10:18am!

Thanks again for all your help and great tips!!

Brian, Tamara and LIam


Reply Jason and Elaine
9:32 AM on June 29, 2012 

Effie, 

Thank you for the wonderful class. The information provided in your class was phenomenal. It helped me during the contractions and labour and it made Jason the perfect labour coach. The info also helped us both when our daughter Quinn arrived. We were not so paranoid being first time parents :) 

Thank you again.

Jason and Elaine Heikura

Reply Rachel and Mike
2:24 PM on June 18, 2012 

We just want to thank you Effie for the extremely helpful, informative session you did for us. It was well structured, engaging and easy to follow and you were so great at putting both of us "first timers" at ease. We feel a lot better and more prepared for the upcoming arrival of our little one. We will definitely recommend you to all family and friends! Thank you again! Rachel and Mike

Reply Stephanie Ragany
1:10 PM on June 12, 2012 

Dear Effie,

Just a quick note to thank you for your expertise and thoughfulness during the prenatal education course. The program was well structured and we received all kinds of valuable information that served us well during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and now as we care for our newborn. 

We enjoyed our time spent in your class and really do appreciate the helpful knowledge we walked away with.

We'll happily recommend you to other couples seeking prenatal ed. Thanks for everything! 

Warm Regards,

Stephanie, Nick, and Dorian Ragany

Reply Kristina Semsar
10:45 AM on April 28, 2012 

Dear Effie,

We wanted to thank you for your informative, yet relaxing prenatal classes!  The topics covered, your way of shaping each class around each couples' needs and the preparation you provided were so helpful.  We felt very well prepared for the birth experience and caring for baby at home.

We will definitely recommend your classes to our friends and family!

Thanks again,

Kristina and Sajad

Reply Angela & Chris
6:02 PM on April 2, 2012 

Dear Effie,

We wanted to send a big thank you for the exceptional prenatal class you took us through last Friday! You were incredible in taking us through the various phases of how to prepare for our new bundle of joy! The session was educational/informative! Thank you for making the experience such a comfortable one for both of us!

We appreciate it and will be recommending your classes to friends and family!

Thank you once again!

Angela & Chris