My name is Kong Choon Yen. Yen, in short, a mother of two boys 15 and 11 years old. I am a Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator and Infant Massage Instructor affiliated with the HypnoBirthing Institute, a Birth Doula, trained in Good Beginnings and a Health Crusader who is passionate about natural healing. Practising natural home remedies become part of my life.
I felt Cheated in My First Birth Experience
The desire to experience a totally natural birth, a drug-free way of birth for my second child came from reflecting on my first birth experience which I reluctantly surrendered my right to the Consultant Obstetrician to birth my son by way of induction. I was clueless, anxious and helpless, not knowing how to respond to medical intervention. Epidural was the solution to the severe discomfort. The thought of not being able to experience the excitement at the onset of labour made me feel like I was being cheated.
With my limited knowledge in natural health back then, I thought by breastfed my son over a year would reduce the chance of allergies, which runs in my family. But that’s not the case. My passion in natural living from nutrition to energy healing, and as a Health Crusader with Newlife International, I was determined to bear a healthy baby. I decided to delay getting pregnant and learn more from a Raw Food Chef, whom I worked with in 2008. He was so generous in sharing with me about raw food theory and rejuvenate the body naturally.
In September 2008, I embarked on a 7 days full Detox and Rejuvenation Program at home, the Newlife way (in sync with Dr. Max Gerson Therapy and Dr. Norman Walker’s Juicing Therapy. But I missed the timing in going on gallstone flush. So, I planned a mini detox in January 2009 followed by gallstone flush. Immediately after that, I conceived and felt light knowing that this baby was going to be healthier and better in every way.
With a “clean” body, I would never want any drugs into my body.
Epidural Was Not in My Birth Plan
A total drug-free natural birth experience was all I wanted. I was introduced to water birth during my service at Raw Food Cuisine. Determined to take advantage of the calming effect of the water, I searched the internet and found the HypnoBirthing method. The 5-week sessions were truly eye-opening and I loved the idea of having “My Birth My Way”.
I even had a Birth Plan to discuss with Prof. Chong and midwife Deborah Fox at NUH. They fully support natural birth. We felt so empowered and confident about our Second birth.
As planned, we had the most memorable Hypno-Water birth experience.
No episiotomy, no drugs for pain relief and no immediate cord clamping.
Bonding began immediately after birth with the rest of the family including my elder son. We brought back more than just a natural birth experience, it was healing from my first birth whereby I felt helpless.
I know it is time to do my part to pass on this wonderful experience, HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method of a calm and gentle way to bring the wonderful little person into this world to other parents. Totally a good head starts for the little person.
Let’s make this natural childbirth revolution the mainstream birth.