HypnoBirthing in Penang

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, 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, or you can also contact me through my Facebook,, or through the Hypnobirthing in Malaysia Facebook page,

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Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

I have been remiss about not updating the Hospitals in Penang page here.  The good people at Carl Corrynton Medical Centre reached out to me to help keep the information that I maintain for the expats living in Penang.

Carl Corrynton Medical Centre

12A Jalan Mesjid Negeri

Phone: 04-829 9188
Email: [email protected]

From their own site:

Located just minutes away from the Penang Bridge, a stone-throw away from Penang Island’s city centre and less than 30 minutes from the Penang International Airport, Carl Corrynton Medical Centre (‘CCMC’) is committed to become the leading and pioneer medical centre in the Northern Region of Malaysia that is focussed on Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery, Wellness & Health Screening, Orthopaedic-Sports Medicine and Kidney/Internal Medicine.

If you are driving in from Penang Bridge, you can take the first right turn immediately after the Penang Bridge. Moving along this road, there would be a petrol kiosk and Tesco on your left. Take the second left turn at the Tesco intersection. Continue driving along the main Jalan Masjid Negeri until you see Trinity Church on your left and the ever famous Greenlane (old name for Jalan Masjid Negeri) McDonald’s. We are located directly opposite this McDonald’s and also the Penang Free School, just before the State’s main mosque – the Masjid Negeri.

Taking over from an existing hospital, we have carried out extensive refurbishment to the Centre to add a touch of class and quality to exude the comfort that our clients and patients will demand of a 5-Star hotel ambience. We have also upgraded the entire electrical and electronic system as well as the latest fire protection plus fire-fighting equipment to provide a sense of security and safety to our valued patients.

Facilities & Services:

Wellness & Health Screening

– CT-Scan 64-Sliced

– Mammogram

– X-Ray

– Computed Radiography

– 4D-Ultrasound

– Stress Test


– Spirometry

– BMD (Bone Densitometry)

– Lung Function Test


Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Aesthetic

– Surgery (Face Lift, Neck Lift, Eyelid, Nose, Ears, Lips, Chin & Cheek,

  Breast Augmentation, Body Contour, Tummy Tuck and many more).

– Laser/IPL Treatment (Freckles, Scar, Veins, Birthmarks, etc.)

– Non-Surgical Treatment (Botox, Fillers, Thread Lift, etc.)

Orthopaedic-Sports Medicine

– Orthopaedic Surgery

– Non-Surgical Sports Medicine Treatment

– Physiotherapy Centre

Kidney & Diabetes Care Centre

– Management of Kidney & Diabetes Disease

– Management of Difficult or Resistant Hypertension

– Management of Gout and Urate Nephropathy

– Management of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and Pyelonephritis

– Management of SLE and Vasculitides

– Management of Glomerulonephritis

– Management of Other Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

– Management of Haemodialysis and CAPD Patients with Renal Failure

– Home Dialysis Report (CAPD, APD, NxStage)

– Personal Diabetes Management

– Kidney Care and Correct

– Regenerative Medicine

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Haze affecting air quality

It is that time of year again when the air in Malaysia is filled with smoke  and haze.  It comes from the slash-and-burn farming techniques that are used on the island of Sumatra.  The burning fields sets the peat moss swamp on fire and that smolders and produces all the smoke.  The smoke drifts across the Strait of Malacca to the Malaysian Peninsula and greatly decreases the air quality from Singapore all the way up past Penang.  Travel to Malaysia is greatly hampered and those in Penang that depend on the tourist trade are very upset about it.

Follow air quality online

We’re keeping an eye on the Department of Environment website for air quality.  The API index is a single number from 0 to 500.  Anything below 100 means clear blue skies.  There are government regulations that go into effect if the API index reaches certain thresholds.  For example schools are automatically closed if the number reaches 300.

Poor air quality from the haze is showing up in problems with our health.  People are experiencing respiratory problems from itchy throats and lungs to wheezing to difficulty breathing.

Indonesian response to criticism is varied

The Indonesian president SBY formally apologized to Singapore and Malaysia about the air quality.  Aircraft were sent out to fight the fires, with some success.  But the criticism from Malaysia continued.

An Indonesian Environment Minister was quick to point out that the culprits are 8 Malaysian owned businesses in Sumatra that were using these outlawed slash-and-burn farming techniques.

What’s going on in Penang

The first day of the haze was pretty bad.  There was a run on surgical face masks.  All the pharmacies and mini markets in Batu Ferringhi were sold out in a day, before they got restocked.

Rains came pretty quickly and washed out a lot of the smoke from the air.  Air quality peaked at only 130 API this time around.  We will get another bout of haze around November.

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Paperwork for a US birth abroad

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.

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Another visit to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

The cover of a US Passport picked up at the US Embassy in KL 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)

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The frustration of taking baby passport pictures

Baby's passport photo before cropping

Baby’s passport photo before cropping

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.

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Malaysian Birth Certificate Paperwork in Penang

Malaysian Birth Certificate Paperwork in Penang


Requirements list from the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara for a Malaysian birth certificate

Requirements list from the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara for a Malaysian birth certificate

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…

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Having a baby in Penang

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.

Dr. Narinda Singh Shadan and our newborn at Island Hospital in Penang

Dr. Narinda Singh Shadan and our newborn

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 Read more…

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Changing the water filter

the old water filter next to the new water filter.

I’ve written about the water situation in Penang in the past.  Water from the tap or faucet is supposed to be clean enough to drink.  That’s what they say anyway.  I won’t drink it unfiltered though.  I’ve got this water filter right outside where the water comes into the house.  I have to change the filter every month, and here’s some photographs to show you how necessary the filter is.

Dirty water filter at the intake pipe for the house.

Dirty water filter at the intake pipe for the house.

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Review: Smilebay Dental Surgery part 2

This is the second part of my review of Smilebay Dental Surgery, in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia.  In the first part of the review I talk about my own experience at the dentist.  This post is about taking my kids there.   Read more…

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