10. Courtney’s Birth Story: A Joyful Hypnobirth

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Courtney Riel Owens, a performer, a Hypnodoula, and is studying to become a Hypnobabies Trainer. Courtney shares the birth story of her older daughter, Hazel, her journey to becoming a Hypnodoula, and how Hypnobabies has helped her and many of her clients to have a peaceful, relaxed birthing experience.

Courtney shares how growing up with positive birth stories inspired her to seek out a positive birth experience of her own. She found Hypnobabies, and it led to a beautiful, joy-filled, positive birth experience with both of her children.

She talks all about her older daughter’s birth, how her background in dance and performing helped her during labor, and some fun quirky parallels between the birth of her daughter and her daughter’s personality now that she’s 8.

Courtney shares encouragement, funny anecdotes, and lively banter, as well as lots of information about how Hypnobabies can help facilitate positive birthing experiences.


“I was really lucky. My mom had great birth stories. So I grew up with a different idea of what birth could be.” – Courtney Riel Owens

“I thought I was paying for a 6-week course, and as it turns out, I was paying for a course for my lifetime.” – Courtney Riel Owens

“I kept saying over and over, ‘I can’t believe you’re here.’” – Courtney Riel Owens

“It took a long time for me to feel LOVE.” – Courtney Riel Owens

“A lot of people feel really bad about themselves if they don’t feel that love toward their child immediately. It is really, really normal!” – Courtney Riel Owens

“You’re allowed to feel your feelings – but you’re not allowed to be mean.” – Courtney Riel Owens

“Self care can be boring! And that’s okay!” – Elle Kennedy

Listen to the episode here.

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Today’s guest:

Courtney Riel Owens is a multi talented performer (who can be seen hoofing it up around southern CA when not in these plague ridden times) and a Hypnobabies hypno-doula in the LA and Orange Counties.  She is currently studying to become a Hypnobabies instructor.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, all things Disney, and tea; among a plethora of other things.  Also, not necessarily in that order.  Courtney has one husband, two kids, three dogs, and an affinity for knowing a little bit about a lot of things.

For pregnancy, birth, postpartum, or early childhood specific inquiries, you can reach out to her via email-  crobirthdoula@gmail.com or you can search for her under “Find a Doula” on hypnobabiesla.com and hypnobabies.com if you are looking for a Hypnodoula.

Resources related to today’s episode:


Hypnobabies LA

Carole Thorpe – Hypnobabies Teacher

Ep 5: Chiropractic for Pregnancy – with Dr. Taylor Garcia

Sue Walcott (Midwife – Northern California)

Birthing Pool

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

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