Cesarean or Natural Birth

Cesarean or Natural Birth.

How I ended up from Cesarean delivery to a normal delivery?
I’m Kia Boon, 26 years old. I was on my 39weeks of pregnancy. I went for my last detailed scanning to check how big and how heavy he was before delivery. According to my doctor, given my height at 1.55cm the most ideal weight to deliver a baby was about 3kg – 3.2kg. However, the detail scan report came out showed that baby was way above the ideal delivery weight. He was estimated  at 3.7kg weight and head size was about 10.2cm in diameter.After the report was given, I went back to my gyane clinic that same morning. Looking through the report, my gyane didn’t give me a chance to go for a normal delivery. Straight to the point my gyane mentioned that baby’s head size and the weight from the scan of 3.7kg makes it very tough for me to have a normal delivery and he suggested that I should go for a c-section. I insisted that I would like to try to go for a normal delivery instead of a c-section. 

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What did my gyane told me?Two cases. Firstly, if I couldn’t push the baby out, he would using a forcep and it might cause injury to baby’s face. He asked “Are we ok?”Secondly, shoulder would be the other part to consider. If I couldn’t push, he would have to dislocate the shoulder and fix back once baby was out. 
After hearing those scary information from my gyane, i told him that I would like to reconsider and seek 2nd opinion before going for c-section. I really wanted to have a normal delivery and not a c-section. By that time, I had already broken down into tears, thinking at 39 weeks of pregnancy, which gyane would want to take me in? Did I really need to go for a c-section? 
My husband Yong Sheng was very supportive. He was calming me down, asking me if I was ok for c-section or I really wanted to have a normal delivery. Most importantly, he wanted both Mother and son to be safe. With him having a calm mind beside me, I asked him to call my elder sister Amelia to seek for opinion if she could find any gyane to take me in. 
Amelia was calming me down and was telling me that she would check with Doula Yen. While waiting, lots of thoughts went through my mind. It was unimaginable and stressful at such a junction. 
Finally, a called from Amelia came in. She told Yong Sheng to try second gyane from Thomson Medical Centre. Without hesitation, we called Doctor Pamela Tan to make an appointment on the same day afternoon 4pm for check up. 
Can you imagine all these happening all on the same morning? 
After all those worries and crying, we went to meet Doctor Pamela Tan hoping that she would take me in and would help me on normal delivery. Doctor Pamela Tam gave me hope, she said that I can give it a try as she had once assisted her patient to deliver a 4kg baby with height of 55cm too. 
I was thankful that she took over our case, all left was the big day for baby to arrive. Who knew that on the same day after meeting Dr Pamela, I started experiencing contractions at 10pm. I was ready to admit for labour. With Doctor Pamela’s help, I managed to have a safe vaginal delivery. Baby was healthy and weighed only 3.1Kg at birth. 
All this happened too sudden and quickly. I was beyond words, blessed to have supportive people around me and really thankful that I had signed up for the HypnoBirthing talk by Yen when I was at 37 weeks pregnant. 
Now, thinking back i would have regreted if I had gone for a c-section instead of seeking 2nd opinion. 
Thank you Yen for the seminar and knowledge shared. Without this talk, I could have lived my life with worse regrets! No point in pregnancy was ever too late to take back control. 

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Cesarean or Natural Birth

How I ended up from Cesarean delivery to a normal delivery?
I’m Kia Boon, 26 years old. I was on my 39weeks of pregnancy. I went for my last detailed scanning to check how big and how heavy he was before delivery. According to my doctor, given my height at 1.55cm the most ideal weight to deliver a baby was about 3kg – 3.2kg. However, the detail scan report came out showed that baby was way above the ideal delivery weight. He was estimated  at 3.7kg weight and head size was about 10.2cm in diameter.After the report was given, I went back to my gyane clinic that same morning. Looking through the report, my gyane didn’t give me a chance to go for a normal delivery. Straight to the point my gyane mentioned that baby’s head size and the weight from the scan of 3.7kg makes it very tough for me to have a normal delivery and he suggested that I should go for a c-section. I insisted that I would like to try to go for a normal delivery instead of a c-section. 


What did my gyane told me?Two cases. Firstly, if I couldn’t push the baby out, he would using a forcep and it might cause injury to baby’s face. He asked “Are we ok?”Secondly, shoulder would be the other part to consider. If I couldn’t push, he would have to dislocate the shoulder and fix back once baby was out. 
After hearing those scary information from my gyane, i told him that I would like to reconsider and seek 2nd opinion before going for c-section. I really wanted to have a normal delivery and not a c-section. By that time, I had already broken down into tears, thinking at 39 weeks of pregnancy, which gyane would want to take me in? Did I really need to go for a c-section? 
My husband Yong Sheng was very supportive. He was calming me down, asking me if I was ok for c-section or I really wanted to have a normal delivery. Most importantly, he wanted both Mother and son to be safe. With him having a calm mind beside me, I asked him to call my elder sister Amelia to seek for opinion if she could find any gyane to take me in. 
Amelia was calming me down and was telling me that she would check with Doula Yen. While waiting, lots of thoughts went through my mind. It was unimaginable and stressful at such a junction. 
Finally, a called from Amelia came in. She told Yong Sheng to try second gyane from Thomson Medical Centre. Without hesitation, we called Doctor Pamela Tan to make an appointment on the same day afternoon 4pm for check up. 
Can you imagine all these happening all on the same morning? 
After all those worries and crying, we went to meet Doctor Pamela Tan hoping that she would take me in and would help me on normal delivery. Doctor Pamela Tam gave me hope, she said that I can give it a try as she had once assisted her patient to deliver a 4kg baby with height of 55cm too. 
I was thankful that she took over our case, all left was the big day for baby to arrive. Who knew that on the same day after meeting Dr Pamela, I started experiencing contractions at 10pm. I was ready to admit for labour. With Doctor Pamela’s help, I managed to have a safe vaginal delivery. Baby was healthy and weighed only 3.1Kg at birth. 
All this happened too sudden and quickly. I was beyond words, blessed to have supportive people around me and really thankful that I had signed up for the HypnoBirthing talk by Yen when I was at 37 weeks pregnant. 
Now, thinking back i would have regreted if I had gone for a c-section instead of seeking 2nd opinion. 
Thank you Yen for the seminar and knowledge shared. Without this talk, I could have lived my life with worse regrets! No point in pregnancy was ever too late to take back control. 

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Sarah’s Third Birth-This time totally without induction

I am Sarah Lee-Wong. This was my third birth and it was the best birth experience. I had two traumatic previous labour and I was very fearful of having a difficult labour. Both of my previous births were also induced. I suffered third degree tears for my first, and my second had to be vacuumed out. 
This round, I felt I was being pressured into induction by my doctor who repeatedly said so since Week 34 that my baby’s head was going to get too big for me. My doctor commented that “Better a natural birth (by induction) than wait too late and have baby stuck” was her sentiment. 
The baby was also still posterior facing in the last week of my pregnancy. However I was determined to have this baby come when she was ready, and I really wanted to have a pleasant, calm and gentle birth experience. 
I am thankful to have Yen help my husband and I with the exercises to help baby turn to a better position for labour. Even though I saw Yen past my EDD, and my labour seemed to have stalled for over a day (a start-stop labour is typical of posterior babies), I believe that the exercises were very helpful in getting my body adjusted so that baby could move into a better position for birth. 
Our sweet baby girl arrived about 12 hours after we left Yen’s place. My Doula Catherine came over just in time to help me w pushing baby through. I was scared at some point that I wouldn’t be able to push her out. But I did with Catherine’s coaching and remembering also what Yen mentioned about needing to release tension. The entire labour and birth process was so much better than I could  imagine. In fact, the birth was so gentle that baby arrived in her water bag. I also had no tear or need for any pain relief during and after birth.

Charmaine’s First Birth

This is Charmaine’s inspiring birth story in May 2017. After 2 years, Charmaine decided to share her birth experience of transferring of the hospital and a change of OBGYN on the day of her labour. Below is her inspiring birth story.

Taking up a HypnoBirthing course with Childbirth Odyssey was definitely one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have never thought going through drug-free natural childbirth could be so calm and fulfilling, which is totally opposite of what my gynaecologist (not a pro-natural gynaecologist) had described. Till today, I’m very thankful to have met Yen, who made natural birth a possible dream for me.

Attending a HypnoBirthing course was not something that I knew I wanted at the beginning. The only thing I had in my mind was my determination to avoid getting an epidural shot. However, having no experience, I was not confident if I could do so as a first-time mum. Also, I felt that getting an epidural shot isn’t truly experiencing childbirth and that was when I felt I needed to arm myself with information. I started off with looking at antenatal courses available online and read up reviews. That was when I came to realise most antenatal courses tend to sell you pain relieve options using drugs and they don’t help you appreciate the process of childbirth. This was when I learn about the HypnoBirthing course offered by Childbirth Odyssey and I decided to give it a try.

Finally, the day arrived when my baby is ready to come to the world (one week before EDD). My water bag broke (membrane released) at 4:30 am. Having learnt the signs of labour from the course, I knew that it was still early and certainly no rush to get to the hospital. Coincidentally, I had an appointment with the gynaecologist on the same day at 9:00 am and decided to get to Gleneagles hospital based on the scheduled time (we were monitoring the timings between the cramps and knew there was no point going earlier). My gynaecologist checked me around 9:30 am and said that I have not dilated. This was when he immediately strongly advised me to induce labour as he said there will be a concern with infection since my water bag had burst. Sensing the urgency from his tone, I naturally asked the question: “How long are you willing to wait? By what time should I give birth as you advised that the birth needs to be speed up?” He replied that he will proceed with a c-section if my baby doesn’t come out by evening.

I refused to accept his advice as I knew that I had no risk of infection as I was tested negative for group strep infection at the 37th week of my pregnancy. Moreover, if there are no repeated unnecessary checks by nurses during labour, there will not be any risks of infections. To my disappointment, the gynaecologist had totally disregarded my birth plan (which he had insisted not to sign) and threatened not to take my case if I didn’t follow his instructions (blindly). Luckily I had my research done and I knew where to find a pro-natural gynaecologist (Dr Paul Tseng), which at that time I had some regrets not having transferred to one earlier on. During this period of time, I was also fortunate to have Yen supporting me and also a friend who had gone through a natural birth process, which played a huge role in affirming my decision to rush to seek a second opinion from a pro-natural gynaecologist.

Getting confirmation from Dr Paul Tseng’s clinic took more than an hour. It was such great relief that they could take my case, but I was referred to Dr Pamela Tan instead as Dr Paul Tseng had been fully booked. By the time we saw Dr Pamela Tan at Thomson Medical, it was 11:45 am. She checked me and I had dilated by 4cm. She also confirmed that my water bag burst was no threat to my baby as our body replenishes the ammonitic fluid three times a day (we just need to keep ourselves hydrated). Also, Dr Pamela Tan was very professional and went through every item in my birth plan. She ensured a natural birth and would only advise for any medical intervention if necessary (that is life and death situation). I checked into the labour ward immediately and nurses were surprised by my bold decision as such last-minute transfers had never happened before.

During the period of time when I was in the labour ward, I was allowed to move freely with a mobile heart rate monitor. I used techniques learned at the course to help me gain comfortable positions to manage the sensations that I was experiencing. No nurses came in to disrupt and there were no vaginal checks conducted. Yen came shortly after and that was when I start to feel stronger surges at closer intervals. I began to experiment different birthing positions and I found squatting on the floor with half of my body lying on the bed as the most comfortable. I breathed and followed the surges, and sync with my child to help him out of the birth passage. At 2:50 pm, my baby arrived.

Thinking back, I am still in awe at what had happened. Without having met Yen from the course, I would not have the faith that I am making the right decisions to make natural birth possible. Also, from this experience, I came to realized having a pro-natural gynaecologist (advice from Yen which I should have taken seriously on the onset) makes a lot of difference. Thank you Yen once again for your efforts!

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