There are many expats in Penang who have had babies while they were living here. We’ve had one, and we’re about to have another. There is a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner who works in Penang. Her name is Jaye Chan. She agreed to an online interview to help us understand what HypnoBirthing is and where in Penang we can find her services.
It is a pleasure to get to know you, Jaye. Let’s get started.
1) What is HypnoBirthing ® and how is it better than conventional birth practices?
HypnoBirthing ® is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free birth. Unlike conventional birth practices, which often marginalize the mother by distrusting her natural birthing ability and usher her into an anxious and restless mode by being so highly dependent on machinery and drugs and relying on unnecessary protocols and practices that are less effective and less humane, in HypnoBirthing ®, we see birth as natural, normal and healthy, with a natural rhythm and flow. When a healthy woman, carrying a healthy baby, experiencing a healthy labour, trusting birth, is free of fear, is undisturbed and is appropriately relaxed, her body will function normally without pain or incident. HypnoBirthing ® teaches you to release all prior programming about birth, to free yourself of limiting thoughts and emotions, and embrace the amazing ability of your body to birth your baby naturally, easily and comfortably. The techniques you will learn allow you to stay in control and calm during labour and birth and works very effectively with all types of birth – natural or surgical.
2) Am I giving up control when I am under hypnosis?
Although there are many misconceptions and misinformation about hypnosis, you are definitely not unconscious during self-hypnosis. When giving birth with HypnoBirthing ®, you will be conversant and in good spirits – deeply relaxed, but fully in control. You will be able to decide the extent to which you feel the sensation. You will experience your birthing calmly and relaxed, with your body’s natural anesthesia (endorphins) replacing the stress hormones that cause pain. When it is time for your baby to be born, you will be fully awake, aware and involved.
3) What is the process for having a HypnoBirthing ® birth? How far in advance do I need to prepare?
It is always better to prepare yourself as early as possible to ensure a positive outcome. When opting for a HypnoBirthing ® birth experience, your body and mind need to be optimally conditioned, so that when the time comes, you can effectively enter into a deep relaxation state, which will bring your body into harmony with the birthing rhythm and the orchestration of your birthing hormones, making your birthing calmer, safer and easier. Hence, it is important to attend a HypnoBirthing ® course to increase your chances of having a successful HypnoBirthing ® birth. There are special breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body toning exercises that can be learned. Most importantly, it fosters an air of mutual respect for the birthing family, as well as the health-care provider in a conventional health-care system or an alternative setting. All this knowledge can help you in your preparation to have a beautiful HypnoBirthing ® birth.
4) Where can I read more about HypnoBirthing ®?
For more information on HypnoBirthing ®, you can visit the official website www.hypnobirthing.com, or you can grab a book “Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method” authored by Marie F.Mongan.
5) How can I find you, Jaye, online to ask more questions and to hire you?
You can find me through my website www.gentlebirthmalaysia.com, or you can also contact me through my Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/jayechan, or through the Hypnobirthing in Malaysia Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/hypnobirthinginmalaysia.
So the saga continues. The baby is born. We have a Malaysian birth certificate in hand. We even got some passport pictures taken of our child. But before we make another trip to the US Embassy in KL to apply for a passport and a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, we need to gather the paperwork that we need to present to the American Embassy staff. Fortunately, I read the KL embassy web page about registering a birth. It says that we should call or email ahead and make an appointment. And, I am glad I did.
I’m going to wrap up the story of having a baby in Penang with this final story. To sum up, we’ve delivered a healthy baby boy. We’ve gotten the Malaysian birth certificate processed and in hand. We written to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and pulled together all the forms and documents they asked for. And we had a little adventure of trying to get a passport photo of the little tyke. Now it’s time to get ourselves and the baby to KL and submit the paperwork. (Of course, since we’re driving, we’ll stop at our favorite rest stop on the way)
I love having a new baby. Maybe, it’s because this is kid number 4 and we’re starting to get the hang of it. Maybe it’s because the older ones are now able to help out more. Whatever it is, we’re glad that we had our baby in Penang. Now that the paperwork involved with getting a Malaysian birth certificate is out of the way, it is time to go apply for an American passport. Well one of the steps involved with getting a passport is getting a passport photo for that baby. This has not been easy. So in today’s post, I’ll have the requirements for passport photos as well as some tips and hints for getting that shot for your baby passport picture.
Malaysian Birth Certificate Paperwork in Penang
While my wife was still checked in at the hospital, the staff at Island Hospital prepared a lot of the paperwork that I would need to take to the government office to register the baby for a Malaysian birth certificate. We were given a detailed checklist (in Bahasa Melayu) of papers that I needed to get together and bring to the office. Here it is in English. Read more…
Having a baby in Penang
Self congratulations are in order. We had a baby in Penang last month, and I want to share with you our experience with prenatal care, delivery, and the follow up since.
First, we need to introduce you to Dr. Narinder Singh Shadan, one of the O.B.s at Island Hospital. (find all the letters after his name here) We were referred to Dr. Narinder through other expat friends who had a baby in Penang, just as my wife was starting to go through the ordeal of morning sickness. Dr. Narinder has the distinction of being the only doctor certified to do water birth in Penang. We had heard about it when we had our other children, but didn’t have it available to us where we were living before, and now we had the opportunity. I’m not going into the details of water birth, you can read more about it at waterbirth.org. Read more…