Birth Stories and Testimonials

My deepest gratitude to all parents who have generously shared their sacred journey in childbirth. I've been inspired by each and every one of these stories. I hope you will too...

My own birth stories are here: 2003, 2007, 2010)

Hoi Yan's Rising-Above-Fear Unassisted Homebirth Story

Receiving babyWaiHan: Hoi Yan, a 3rd-time mum, emailed me at 37-week with a list of thoughtful questions, preparing for the most gentle welcome for her baby. At 38-week, she wrote, "... hospital birth? Home birth? Can i do it?" At 40-week, she birthed freely at her cosy home, baby slipped into Dad's loving hands. The birth was "transformative" and empowering - a rite of passage for Mum, Dad and Baby. She titled her story as "A Love Story Rewritten". Here's her explanation:
"Oh... a love story... this is how I feel about my birth. I was so much in love in the process. From the gentle kind care from my hubby. I felt like a queen. All the soups, tonic, hard boil egg... It's not a birth story... It's a love story."

— Hoi Yan, 3rd-time mum who had an unassisted homebirth (Jan 09)

Daphne's Drug-Free All-Natural Birth Story

Baby JoyceI hope that my birth story can give a positive encouragement to all the mothers-to-be to believe that no matter how your birthing experience is, since everybody is different, it's possible to have natural birth and drug free birthing even though your birthing experience is a challenging one. You just got to believe that it's possible. I have made it happened.

— Daphne, 1st-time mum who got her birth wishes honoured at govt hospital (Oct 08)

Siew Lean's Confident and Fast VBAC Birth Story

Baby EmilyUpon reaching the hospital, the nurses checked me and I was 9cm dilated. HB had really prepared me to have no fear during birthing. Before the next surge, I asked the nurses to raise the seat so that I could be in a more vertical position to give birth to my baby. I went with my body, and what felt right at that point in time. I was relaxed throughout, and waited for the next surge to come. I breathed my baby down with one last deep breath, and baby was born at 8.10am.

— Siew Lean, 2nd-time mum who had an empowering VBAC (Jan 08)

Chiew Yee's Not-In-Time-for-Labour-Ward Birth Story

1 hour after birthWaiHan: Chiew Yee had an easy, comfortable, fast (nobody saw it coming), all-natural Hypnobirth, in Serdang government hospital. She birthed in the maternity ward instead of labour room... just as she wanted, planned and visualized! Her bill was around RM20.

— Chiew Yee, 2nd-time mum who birthed while waiting in the maternity ward, govt hospital (Mar 08)

Choy Pheng's High-Risk-Turned-Low Birth Story

Baby ShaniaWaiHan: Choy Pheng discovered HypnoBirthing at 35 weeks and determined to have a gentle natural birth and conquer her fears of childbirth despite her earlier stillbirth trauma, emotional baggage and "high-risk" label. Fully trusting her baby, she declined her doctor's offer of induction at 37 weeks. She gave birth to baby Shania in less than 3 hours after arriving at the hospital! Her birth, as she intended, was comfortable, drug-free and gentle.. but most of all, it was empowering and healing.

— Choy Pheng, 2nd-time mum who conquered her fears of childbirth (July 08)

Sabrina's Calm and Comfortable Birth Story

Big brother Keith & Baby CharlotteI've started listening to my HypnoBirthing cd when I've dilated to 5cm. At this time, my whole body was numb. The only place that I can feel is my womb. It's like as though my whole body and mind was focusing into one area. I don't even realised that I have dilated till 8cm...

— Sabrina, 2nd-time mum who achieved her birthing dreams (May 08)

Joanne's Short and Euphoric En-Caul Birth Story

JoanneWe decided to go to the hospital and I was surprised to find out that I was almost complete and ready to have the baby! Had to wait 30 mins for the doctor to arrive (it was hard to hold the urge to push) and when the doctor came, it took me only another 15-20 mins to birth my baby boy! I birthed him in an all fours position and my water did not break at all so he was birthed inside the water bag! I cut the cord myself after it stopped pulsating as hubby felt too nervous to do it. It was such a fast and easy labour, gentle but at the same time empowering. I felt euphoric and strong after the birth and recovery was fast!

— Joanne, 2nd-time mum whose baby was born in the sac (Apr 08)

My Second Birth - A Painless, All-Natural, Unattended Homebirth

Hao-E in my armsI gave birth to my son on 23 Feb 2007 - another painless childbirth with HypnoBirthing. This time, it was an unattended homebirth (zero cost) I birthed and received my 3.5kg baby boy in the downstairs toilet while my hubby (DH) and daughter (DD) were sleeping upstairs. Active (painless) labour less than 2 hours. Here's the story...

- Wai Han (Feb 2007)

My First Birth - A Painless, Drug-Free Birth

Wai Han And Daughter, Xin-EOblivious to the commotion, I got comfortable lying on my left, continued listening to RR and zzzz.... Midwife came in to perform vaginal exam very hour, which was irritating but dilation seemed to stall at 8cm. I then declined further exams as I wasn't feeling any progress. Throughout the night, I dozed on the bed while hubby slept on the comfy couch at the corner, occasionally being my air-con remote controller. During each surge, I went with the flow and again, I was feeling great, going 8cm... 8cm... 8.5cm...

- Wai Han (Dec 2003)