Antenatal classes

About group classes

Four Trimesters Antenatal Classes enable parents to have an easy, short, relaxed and comfortable birth, gently welcoming their baby into the world.

In this class, you will learn powerful techniques for relaxation and for preparing the muscles in the body for birth. You will feel empowered to create a positive mindset for the pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting. The class helps you work with your body by understanding the functions of your hormones so that you labor smart—not hard.

Your body is innately designed to give birth – we just help you to get rid of the noise that gets in the way of your body being able to do this. Knowledge can help you trust your body and relax into the experience, knowing your body will move things along in its own way. Knowledge keeps you calm during birth and gives you the understanding to employ the right strategies to move labor along if it stalls. Knowledge prepares you for the interventions that may be suggested in the delivery room so you can confidently make decisions if complications arise.

 
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why choose four trimesters classes?


What makes the Four Trimesters Antenatal Classes very unique is that they are taught by practising Birth Doulas who are also in the know of what actually happens at the birth, be it hospital or home births as well as actively supporting women and their families postnatally.

We do not just prepare you for birth; we prepare you for motherhood. We give you the knowledge you need about both the art and science of giving birth, breastfeeding and newborn care so you can make the right decisions for you and your family. Your body is innately designed to give birth–we just help you to get rid of the noise that gets in the way of your body being able to do this. We do not push you towards any particular outcome—we support you to have the birth experience that you want. We know motherhood is a journey, one in which we take joy in walking with you. When a baby is born, so too is a mother and father born. Our classes are a safe space where you can learn all you need to know for a successful transition during this incredible time in your life.

A class at Four Trimesters is so much more than a class — it is knowledge, support, and camaraderie all rolled into one. You will be walked through everything you need to know, one step at a time. You and your partner will be fully prepared to make informed decisions for the health and wellness of your baby. Whether you choose to have a drug-free birth, a birth with drugs, or a cesarean, our antenatal classes make the process so much easier.

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Jyue Jyue Gan

Antenatal Classes

Ginny taught us in the classes on how to assess the doctors given the high rate of c-section delivery in singapore. I asked a lot of questions to my first gynae and found out that he does pretty much 100% guaranteed episiotomies to first time moms, and continuous monitoring during the entire labor which horrified me!! I immediately changed doctors when i found out!

Thanks to the tips i got from Four trimesters classes 😉


During the classes we also talked about postpartum depression, which I experienced and openly talked to my friends about. First month was rough (hormonal changes, sleepless nights, breastfeeding), but after my baby turned one month old, i made sure i had my “me time” - whether i do yoga/pilates classes, gym, walk around the block, getting fresh air and have time away is really important for mommy’s sanity. I feel so blessed to have a supportive husband who can help me take care of our baby before he goes to work.

Another important tip i got from the classes is about breastfeeding. I had to reread my notes from the classes to remember all the tips and tricks from Ginny which i applied to my newborn. She latched perfectly well and gained 2kg in the first 5 weeks! 😉 proud mommy!


My baby girl is now 8 week old, and we are currently in phuket enjoying our amazing holiday!!!

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Azlin & Asri

Antenatal Classes

It all started just before midnight on 04 Aug (it was the last episode of Prison Break; as if my baby knows that I love that show! : p). I started to get 'gentle' surges but couldn't fall back to sleep. We went to NUH at around 7am the next morning. I remembered Ginny saying that we should proceed to the hospital if we feel it is safer to do so.

After about 20 hours of labour, our beautiful daughter was born in squatting position at 6.08pm. My hubby was supportive throughout the labour and delivery and I am thankful for that. It was a wonderful experience that I managed to deliver without any drugs.

A big thanks to Ginny for empowering us to have the birth that we will remember. Thank you for recommending Dr Chong. He is an excellent doctor! We are really aiming for a water birth with him for our next child. 🙂

To the mothers who have given birth, congrats to you! And to all the mothers-to-be, jia you!

Thrilled to be first-time parents,

Azlin & Asri

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Melissa Lee

Ginny provides valuable hands on practical experience

"My husband & I totally enjoyed Ginny's prenatal classes, we found them very helpful to us as first time parents. We particularly enjoyed Ginny's relaxed, no nonsense, friendly approach to learning. Her classes allow for both the husband and wife to learn, have fun and interact within a like minded group.At the same time Ginny kept her classes focused allowing us to gain in-depth knowledge on parenting. Ginny also provides valuable hands on practical experience post birth allowing the overwhelmed mother to gain confidence, successfully breastfeed and have a general understanding of parenting. We believe that Ginny goes above and beyond the norm and we have no hesitation in recommending Ginny".

Class Outline

Frequently Asked Questions

We only start classes with a min. of 5 couples and maximum 12 couples. Schedules might change, so please check back to confirm the dates when making your bookings.

Research on using Hypnosis during labor & birth

Hypnosis during childbirth has been proven to:

✔ Shorten the duration of labor and birth

✔ Reduce the need for medication

✔ Reduce rates of intervention

✔ Reduce postpartum depression

Effect of hypnosis & length of labour

Hao et al in China measured the effect of nursing suggestions to labouring women and recommends that the conversation of the nurses be “controlled carefully for the purpose of advancing the birth process”. This randomized control trial examined 60 first time mothers with a matched control group of 60 first time mothers and found a statistically significant reduction in the lengths of the first and second stages of labour.

Jenkins and Pritchard found a reduction of 3 hours for prim gravid women (from 9.3 hours to 6.4 hours) and 1 hour for multi gravid women (from 6.2 hours to 5.3 hours) for active labour (262 subjects and 600 controls). Pushing was statistically shorter for first time mothers (from 50 min to 37 min).

In a study that compared hypnosis and Lamaze training, 96 women chose between hypnosis (n=45) and Lamaze (n=51). The first stage of labour was shortened in the hypnosis group by 98 minutes for first time mothers and by 40 minutes for second time mothers. These women were more satisfied with labour and reported other benefits of hypnosis such as reduced anxiety and help with getting to sleep.

A British study found a statistically significant reduction in the length of labour of first and second time mothers: 70 hypnosis patients (6 h 21 min) compared to 70 relaxation patients (9 h 28 min) and 70 control group (9 h 45 min).

Mellegren noted a reduction of two to three hours of labour.

Abramson and Heron found a shorter first stage of labour for 100 women trained with hypnosis (by 3.23 hours) compared to a control group of 88 women. Forty-five Hypnosis for Childbirth clients (first time mothers) had an average of 4.5 hours for the active labour, a significant reduction compared to the usual 12 hours.

“Abramson and Heron found a shorter first stage of labour for 100 women trained with hypnosis (by 3.23 hours) compared to a control group of 88 women. Forty-five Hypnosis for Childbirth clients (first time mothers) had an average of 4.5 hours for the active labour, a significant reduction compared to the usual 12 hours.”

Medication

In a British study, 55% of 45 patients (first and second time mothers) required no medication for pain relief. In the other non-hypnosis groups, only 22% of 90 women required no medication. Two research pieces reported on 1,000 consecutive births: 850 women used hypnotic analgesia resulting in 58 percent rate of no medication. Five other research pieces reported an incidence of 60 to 79 percent non-medicated births.

A retrospective survey notes an epidural rate of 18 percent in Southern Ontario, where the epidural rate in most hospitals is 40 to 95 percent (depending on the setting) for first time mothers.

Rate of Intervention

In a randomized control trial of 42 teenagers in Florida, none of the 22 patients in the hypnosis group experienced surgical intervention compared with 12 of the 20 patients in the control group (p=.000). Twelve patients in the hypnosis group experienced complications compared with 17 in the control group (p=.047).

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre reported more spontaneous deliveries, higher Agpar scores and reduced medication use in their study of 60 women. Of the 45 Hypnosis for Childbirth clients, 38 delivered without the use of caesarean, forceps or vacuum, a rate of spontaneous birth of 84%. This is a higher than average rate of normal birth for the general population of first time mothers.

Postpartum

In a randomized control trial of 42 teenagers in Florida, only 1 patient in the hypnosis group had a hospital stay of more than two days compared with 8 patients in the control group (p=.008).

Postpartum Depression

McCarthy provided five 30-minute sessions to 600 women and found a virtual absence of postpartum depression, compared to the typical rates of 10 to 15 percent. Women with a history of postpartum depression did not develop this condition, even though an estimated 50 percent eventually do. Harmon et al also reported lower depression scores in the hypnotically treated group.

It appears that a simple intervention, hypnotherapy, has far-reaching effects both medically and socially. Some, but not all, of the above studies are randomized, have large numbers, include control groups and demonstrate statistical significance. There remains, therefore, a clear need for more research, in the use of hypnosis for childbirth preparation.

Research on the Internet

Medline: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi

Hypnosis Research: http://www.hypnosis-research.org

Read on, and hear what other mums and dads have to say about Hypnosis for child Birth, or find your nearest Hypnosis for child birth classes.

End note

Hao TY, Li YH, Yao

SF. Clinical study on shortening the birth process using psychological suggestion therapy. Zhonghua Hu Li Za Zhi. 1997 Oct; 32(10):568-70. (General Military Hospital of Jinan, P.R. China.)

Jenkins, M.W., & Pritchard, M.H.

Hypnosis: Practical applications and theoretical considerations in normal labour. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 100(3), 221-226, 1993.

Brann LR, Guzvica SA.

Comparison of hypnosis with conventional relaxation for antenatal and intrapartum use: A feasibility study in general practice. J R Coll Gen Pract 1987; 37:437-440.

Davidson, J, MD.

An assessment of the value of hypnosis in pregnancy and labour. Br Med Journal Oct 13, 1962, 951-953. Mellegren, A.

Practical experiences with a modified hypnosis-delivery. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 14, 425-428, 1966. Abramson, M., & Heron, W.T.

An objective evaluation of hypnosis in obstetrics: Preliminary report.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 59, 1069-1074, 1950. Gallagher, S. Hypnosis for Childbirth: prenatal education and birth outcome. unpublished. June

2001. Davidson, J, MD. August, R.V.

Obstetric hypnoanesthesia. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 79, 1131-1137, 1960, and August, R.V. Hypnosis in obstetrics. New York: McGraw Hill, 1961.

Hornyak, Lynne M. and Joseph P. Green.

Healing From Within: The use of hypnosis in women’s health care. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2000.

Alice A. Martin, PhD; Paul G. Schauble, PhD; Surekha H. Rai, PhD; and R. Whit Curry, Jr, MD

The Effects of Hypnosis on the Labor Processes and Birth Outcomes of Pregnant Adolescents. The Journal of Family Practice, MAY 2001, 50(5): 441-443.

Harmon, T.M., Hynan, M., & Tyre, T.E.

Improved obstetric outcomes using hypnotic analgesia and skill mastery combined with childbirth education. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 58, 525, 530, 1990.

Gallagher, S.

Hypnosis for Childbirth: prenatal education and birth outcome. unpublished. June 2001.

McCarthy, P.

Hypnosis in obstetrics. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 26, 35-42, 1998.