Four Trimesters Doula Team
– Ginny Phang
“The birth of a baby is also the birth of a mother and a father (over and over
again with each birth), and I love facilitating the journey of these parents as
the human spirit unfolds and blossoms through pregnancy, birth and the
I ♥ being a Doula because
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– Janelle Dong
I believe in the mother’s innate ability to trust her maternal
instincts to make safe birth decisions for her family.
I ♥ being a Doula because
– Ong Hui Tze
Supporting and witnessing new parents ease into parenthood gives me great
satisfaction. I believe in “mothering the mother”; every woman (and man!)
deserves all the support during the postpartum phase. It is important for
new parents to be empowered and feel confident to overcome any
challenges that may arrive with the bundle of joy.
I ♥ being a Doula because
About Our Doulas
The birth of your child is an extraordinary moment. With our help, you can experience that moment in a relaxed and comfortable state —focused only on the joy of the experience. At Four Trimesters Birth Sanctuary, we believe that womens’ bodies are innately designed to give birth, breastfeed and nurture. We empower you to have your best birth possible - easier, shorter, more relaxed and comfortable - regardless of the outcome. Welcome your baby into the world gently; blissfully remember this incredible event for a lifetime.
What is a Doula?
What are the benefits of having a Doula?
A Doula believes in “mothering the mother” – enabling a woman to have a much more satisfying, positive and empowered time before, during and after birth, and thus allowing a baby to have a better start in life.
The birth doula is the modern day link in the tradition of women helping women in birth. They enhance the birth experience through information, empathy, and physical assistance. Parents that have used doulas say they are an invaluable part of the birth team.
*Women supported by a doula during labor have been shown to have:
50% reduction of cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery
*From Mothering the Mother: How a Doula can help you have a shorter, easier and healthier birth by Marshall H. Klaus (Perseus Press, 1993)
Choosing the right doula is an important step in having a positive birth experience. Our doulas are trained in the methods of Hypnosis for Childbirth, Spinning Babies, and more, and are prepared to support you every step of the way, according to your specific needs and preferences.
Our doulas are experienced and are passionate about what they do. With the help of your doula to support you during pregnancy, labor and birth, and early postpartum, you will be prepared to welcome your little one into the world without stress, focused only on bonding with your baby. Scroll down to view our doula’s profiles, or click here to register for a free Meet the Doulas session.
Our doulas are also available for postnatal support. Breastfeeding gives your baby the best possible start in life by improving his or her immunity and IQ, providing increased protection against allergies and obesity, and reducing the risk of SIDS. It has benefits for you as well mama, like a reduced risk for some cancers, lessening of osteoporosis, and better postpartum emotional health. However, breastfeeding does not come easily to all women, with some taking six to eight weeks to develop a good rhythm with their babies. This can be a very frustrating and difficult time. We can support you and help you identify any issues that may be causing you pain or preventing your baby from latching well. Together, we will find solutions specific to your unique needs and those of your baby.
Why Choose a Four Trimesters Doula?
Four Trimesters is exceptionally prepared to give you the best birth experience, no matter the outcome. Our collaborative team works with highly experienced and educated doulas from around the world. We go the extra mile to help you – one Four Trimesters birth took 50 hours and 4 doulas to successfully help a mother avoid a cesarean. We are reliable and always have a back up doula available to support you. We also have doulas with specific expertise such as chiropractors and birth photographers. We have our weekly Parents Circle Support Group where you can learn something from our doulas and guest speakers and connect with other parents who are going through the same things as you. We are constantly training and learning from the best in the world to improve maternity care in Singapore. We are always available to you through our sturdy communication platforms and office support – you will never feel like you’ve been left alone.
Most importantly, choosing Four Trimesters means choosing the right support for you. You are our priority, and your choices are meaningful to us. Our ultimate goal is to empower you to have a positive birth experience, specific to what you need and want. We help you to get rid of the noise and stress surrounding birth so your body can do what it is innately designed to do when giving birth. Our aim is to help you feel confident and calm throughout, so when your baby is finally in your arms you have no concern other than bonding with your precious little one. Our warm and caring team is ready to support you – step by important step – as you journey towards motherhood. Choose the right doula package to ensure proper support for the birth of your little one.
“Giving birth is your superpower just as it’s a baby’s innate superpower to know what to do when you place them on the mother’s chest. They will instinctively look for the breast. Feeling whole is also your superpower. My role is to cut out the noise obscuring what you are already know innately.”
I am very blessed to have found my calling as a Doula for (expectant) parents and serve my local community as well as travel around the world as a Trainer to teach healthcare professionals and birth workers. My vision is to leave a legacy for women and their families by shifting the paradigm of birth, empowering women and their families to have the birth she desires and supporting them through early parenthood. I am currently working towards opening Singapore’s first Birth Centre whilst studying as a student midwife and working on a global outreach to improve maternity care.
Originally, I am from Canada where all my family still resides, but I have lived in the US since 1991. I have been a nurse for five years now, four of those in labor and delivery.
I love to play softball, ski, run, roller derby, belly dance, salsa, go to the movies, go to the beach, do yoga, and of course anything related to birth.
Janelle Dong MacBay
I am a mother of two and I enjoy yoga, rock climbing, running, swimming, and traveling. As a chiropractor, it is my passion in life to serve families by providing them with the information and support they need to become healthier. I love to help them develop the confidence to enjoy parenting in a fun and natural way.
I ♥ being a Doula because I believe in the mother’s innate ability to trust her maternal instincts to make safe birth decisions for her family.
Ong Hui Tze
When my firstborn arrived, I was overwhelmed in every sense of the word. An experience of joy, happiness, tired, worried, sore with my emotions all over the place!
The challenges I faced, especially with breastfeeding truly allowed me to appreciate the importance of equipping oneself with the know-hows on breastfeeding, self-care, baby care and most importantly getting the right postnatal support.
Amanda van Zee
Born and raised in Alaska, USA - I am a mother of two amazing, energetic children and I have been married to my dear Husband for nearly 10 years. Together as a family, we have a passion for travel, the outdoors, staying active, and love to explore new things!
My family relocated from the US to Singapore in early 2016, when I decided to become a stay-at-home-mom. Later, in August 2017, our son was born in the peaceful serenity of the Birth Sanctuary here in Singapore.
My appreciation for my own courage as a woman truly evolved through my own traumatic birth experience which led me to the light of becoming a Doula. I was forced into having a c-section and both my husband and I felt very lost and confused.
After 15 hours of labour, we made a tough decision to switch Doctors at the eleventh hour. Shortly after, our beautiful daughter, Larah, was born! That moment when we finally met her, was a magical one and I want to be able to protect that experience for parents!