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Andrea’s Birth story

Our first pregnancy was very exciting. It was overall easy for my wife - apart from constant headaches in the first trimester - and we travelled a *lot* in the second trimester. She didn't get sick once during the whole nine month (or the following year). I thought it would be brilliant if everyone was pregnant all the time! Early on, we had attended a rather useless pregnancy course at a well known institution in Singapore, which conveyed almost zero content ('eat healthy', 'don't drink alcohol', 'when the nurse says push, then push etc.'). My wife's first gynea failed to detect her iron deficiency (partially explaining her headaches) and afterwards he told us the baby was rather big, so we should consider a cesarian, something my wife wanted to avoid. So we changed doctors. When my wife suggested to attend a hypno-birthing course I was skeptical at first, but went with it, because my gut told me that she should be in charge when it comes to these decisions. The content resonated well with us and we enjoyed those weekend trips to Holland Village. Every night we diligently prepared for the upcoming birth, going through the scripts, doing perineum massages, [...]

Masami’s Home Water Birth

Even though Masami was laready 36 weeks when she started her HypnoBirthing classes, she made the last minute decision to have a home water birth. The idea of homebirth came up when I met a lady who was planning to have water birth at home over a year ago. I wasn't pregnant then but I planned to have a second child. Although I had a drug-free birth for my first child Emi, she was stuck high up in the birth path after 16 hours of labour and two hours of pushing. She had to be yanked out with forceps. It was not a gentle entry into this world that I had wished for her. I enjoy having a bath at home and, I felt more relaxed in labour with Emi in the bath at Thomsom Medical Center . At Thomson, I hated when I had to come out of the bath in the excruciatingly painful moments of labour. There were several things that I disliked about the hospital birth: leaving my comfortable home in the middle of the labour, being strapped to the fetal monitor while stuck on an elevated hospital bed, and a well-intended but annoying coaxing of the [...]

Jo’s Water Birth

Jo, Damien & Nature made history by having the first "official" waterbirth in Singapore, which took place at National Univeristy Hospital, with great support from her Obgyn, the nurses at the Delivery Suite, and Four Trimesters of course! Jo's Water Birth Story Having heard stories of mothers being in labour for 10. 12 and even 24 hours, I told my hubby, Damien, that I do not want to go through the same ordeal. During the Dec hols, I read a book on pregnancy and came across birthing in the various positions, which make so much sense as gravity helps to pull the baby down as compared to the typical hospital position. I asked around and realized that the wife of one of my colleagues birthed her third child on all fours and her baby was still in the water bag when she made her appearance! Her labour was only 1 hour! That really inspired me, as it showed that birthing need not be done in the typical way. He told me that they had engaged a doula then and as his wife is expecting their forth child, they have also engaged another doula this time round and he gave me [...]

Jem’s Water Birth

Jem Loh is a working mother, with a toddler boy and infant girl. She works in the video games industry and blogs about her family, epicurean pursuits and other fluffy matters at http://franklynonsense.wordpress.com/ We welcomed our second child, a baby girl, late at night on September 4, 2013. What started as a request to have access to hydrotherapy during labour turned into a full-blown water birth, and the most intense experience I’ve ever had. This is going to be a long post recounting the birth of our daughter, so do bear with me! The Background After a traumatic and excruciatingly long labour with Blake, I was pretty set on making sure my second birth experience was as pain-free as possible. I was even delighted when my gynae Dr L said that since I’ve already had the experience, I could very well have a painless birth as long as I pushed well with an epidural. The game changed however, when I was diagnosed with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) at 28 weeks. The condition left me unable to walk on bad days, and it hurt to move my legs apart (among many other actions and activities). I was on hospitalisation leave from early July because the [...]

Sandy’s Birth

Sandra was our doula from Four Trimesters for the birth of our son on 19 January 2013. Since we first met Sandra, we have felt comfortable with her friendly manner. On the day of the birth, Sandy felt reassured by Sandra’s guidance and prompt response since the early labour sign occurred. As we left for the hospital in a taxi, Sandy’s water broke unexpectedly and she could feel the baby coming out. Sandra assisted with liaising with our obstetrician and a decision was made to return to our home. We ended up having an unplanned home birth and we immediately felt comforted when Sandra arrived at our home. She calmly guided Sandy through her surges and giving her the reassurance that she needed. Our obstetrician arrived shortly after and together as a team, our doctor and Sandra safely delivered our son. Post the delivery, Sandra guided us through the first breastfeed and everything felt easy for us. While Sandy was feeding, Sandra took care of Sandy at the same time – cleaning her up, changing her clothes, repositioning her for the feed and making sure that Sandy was comfortable and was able to enjoy her bonding time with our son. [...]

Sabrina’s Breech Birth Story

The Experience of a Life-time! Giving birth seems to be so natural and generally, nobody would give you specific details of what it was like. Maybe everything happened so fast or it was all a 'blur' or mother nature just makes mothers forget the whole ordeal. well, I don't know but I sure do not want to miss out on it when my turn comes! Yes, I wanted it to be a meaningful experience, something that would be an experience of a life-time. Having a doula (Ginny) on board seems to be the most logical thing to do and I felt that she would be critical to achieving the birth experience (drug-free and minimal intervention). Having embarked on this journey, William and I started reading up and learnt a lot more about pregnancy and birth. Ginny gave us private pre-natal classes which were great because of our irregular schedules and also, we are pretty private persons, that arrangement suited us well. Ginny was like a walking resource and it was really great to be able to have an independent party to talk about things rather than purely from a medical point of view. I would not have achieved the birth experience I [...]

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