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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 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 [...]

Ho Huong Tra’s story

I had a relatively smooth pregnancy (except for the last few weeks) and had many reasons to think that breastfeeding would be natural and easy for me.  During the waiting 9 months, I’ve chatted with many friends who have “been there, done that” and was given tons of tips on parenting, but none talked much about breastfeeding. I delivered through C-section in early January and soon afterwards it turned out that breastfeeding wasn’t as easy as I anticipated. The second day after birth, milk (or colostrum as it should be) had not flowed in, and I comfortably left much of the feeding for the hospital nursing staff to feed my baby with formular using bottle.  The third day, still not much sign of milk, so I sticked to the same solution (although less comfortably), and noone told me that bottle-feeding would jeopadize my later breastfeeding efforts, since the baby would grow to like the bottle and therefore would not develop his sucking motion.  By the end of the third and the fourth day, the problem grew to be rather obvious: my baby wasn’t very enthusiastic with the breast at all.  Stop using the bottle would leave him hungry, however continue [...]

Norah’s birth story

Friday 11th August 2006 I had been having surges (contractions) on and off for about a week, just tightening of the muscles, no pain. Surges started in earnest immediately after getting off the phone withfriend Kate (also in her third trimester) at 5:45pm so we got started on some relaxation techniques. I put on some music and did some breathing exercises on the ball and Scott timed the contractions for about an hour. We rang Ginny when we left for the hospital, loaded up with bags and birthing ball. It was a very calm journey, not too much traffic, and easy to breathe through. On arrival Ginny and Scott set up, laying out heat packs, filling the tub, putting lavender oil in the burner and relaxation music on. The staff set up a 20 minute monitoring strip, checked and found that I was already at 5cm (about what I expected based on Angus’ birth) and then left us alone. Scott read a script to me to help me relax and once the initial monitoring was finished I was free to move around. At some point Scott left to get some dinner and Ginny suggested I get into the tub. I [...]

Ellen’s VBAC Story

More and more women are overcoming the old adage 'once a cesarean always a cesarean'. Worldwide, the rates of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) births are increasing as women become better educated and are opting for a 'trial of labour' over a repeat cesarean. Ellen's story is one example of successful VBAC. Birth Announcement: Who: Kayla Ai Porter-Bhassi (Meaning 'Pure Love' /of Greek and Japanese origin) Darling Daughter of Bal and Ellen Little Sister to Kynan Zeke Born Where: Thomson Medical Cntr, Singapore Born When:  26th August 2004, 19.50hr's (3 days past edd) Born How:  VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C/Section) Natural un-medicated labour and normal birth) Weight: 4.14 kg's Length: 52cm Head Circumference: 37cm Looks:  Like big brother Kynan.  (Black hair, brown eyes, squashed ears, but with bigger nose, sharper chin, longer head, and chubby just like him)  Birth Story- A Brief Overview:  Labour proper started 9pm 25th August.  SMS'd my doula (birth assistant) on and off through the night, while Bal and Kynan slept. Next morning granny came to watch Kynan while Bal went to hand-over stuff at work.  I chatted w her on the sofa and went to our bedroom w each contraction.  Kynan played.  As contractions got closer, [...]

Cindy’s breech birth story

The Blossom of Our Love - Kaiera Grace Kaixin Begent-Chia Beanie, as we have been calling our little darling since the day we had our first ultrasound scan, because she, at 7.5 weeks, looked like a jellybean, was born on 14 December 2004 at 5.14pm, in Room 6 of Thomson Medical Centre. Her birth was a miracle, one that cannot be done without God, one that might possibly be filled with discouragement without Tim and Ginny. I can't remember the exact time that each significant event happened during the labour and during Beanie's birth. But each step towards her birth was like a graduation, a triumph, a battle won! At Week 36, who would have known Beanie would be born on that day. I mean, her EDD was supposed to be 4 weeks later on 08 January 2005. Moreover, Beanie was still in the upright position despite our two-week long effort in trying all sorts of positions and methods to turn her, including moxa sticks and tilting the bed. She hasn't turned. In fact, I was supposed to do a ECV when I visit Dr Paul Tseng at my next appointment if Beanie still hadn't turned by then. (Funny thing [...]

William & Sabrina Wong

03:48am .begins the long journey of 45 hours before the arrival of Sammy. Since Sammy was in breech presentation, we decided to head for the hospital once the water bag leaked with some contractions. Within that period of time, we heard many 'births' in the labour ward and wondered when it would be our turn! Night turned into day and day into night.We were really glad that Ginny was on call and she provided very professional advice and guidance with regards to different birthing positions to ease the pain, offering options for decision making as well as explaining whatever we had no clue of. Her presence and expertise throughout the entire pregnancy and birth was critical to achieving the birth experience we wanted. 22 Feb 2005 7:21pm - Sammy finally arrived!! Weight : 3.08kg Length: 52cm William & Sabrina Wong  

Sabrina’s Breech Birth

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 [...]