SmartParents True Stories

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“My pregnancy itch was caused by a liver problem” 

A Singaporean mum details her rare pregnancy liver condition. Find out how she managed to deliver her baby safely. Details here… 

“I check my son’s body for blisters daily”

A father recounts his emotional journey caring for a toddler son who is a “butterfly” child. Read more here… 

“‘False labour” for 3 days… then a water birth!”

First-time mum Lim Qing Ru shares her unusual drug-free labour and water-birth experience. Read more here.

I couldn't walk because pregnancy pelvic pain crippled me

Extreme pain in her lower region left a pregnant Sienna Cheng virtually unable to move. Find out more about her condition here...

“Cord blood helped my son's cerebral palsy”

A father details the improvements he has seen in his son’s movement, motor skill and muscle tone disorder after a cord blood infusion. Read more here

Going to school helped my child with autism

Raising a child with special needs isn’t easy ― Mohammad Zulkarnean shares how his son’s educational journey is helping. Read more here.  

How I've helped my son manage ADHD

Tina Tan opens up about the struggles of raising a child with ADHD, and how she helped him manage the condition. Read more here

"I had endometriosis - but I got pregnant!"

Some women with endometriosis find it tough to have a baby, so Francesca De Luna’s pregnancy was a welcome surprise… Read more here

“My baby was born with a hole in her heart”

 Pearlyn Tham was hoping the hole in her newborn’s heart would close by itself, but it ended up needing surgery. Read more of her story here… 

I kept my special needs baby"

Mary Heng, 40, opens about how she felt when she found out her baby girl had Down Syndrome. Read more here

“Both my baby and I survived cancer”

After battling ovarian cancer, Jamie Koh was devastated to learn that her baby girl had the dreaded disease, too… Read more here...

“I’ve terminal cancer but I’m not giving up!”  

Dyanne Søraas has never smoked a cigarette. Yet, months after having a baby, she found out she has terminal lung cancer and was given six months to live. Read more here… 

“My 3-year-old beat lymphoma” 

When a big tumour invaded her body, this brave little girl fought it valiantly, backed by a strong support system. Read more here...

"My daughter's brain tumour made my family stronger"

The devastating news of her daughter's brain tumour cost them several friends, but it made Jackie Chang's family close ranks. Read more here…  

“My toddler woke up one day and couldn’t walk” 

Her son has a rare degenerative muscle disease, but Shermeen is determined that he lives life to the fullest… Read more here… 

“I thought my baby had slid out of me 


Priscilla Chua fought to keep her baby inside of her, even through several bouts of severe bleeding. Read more here…  

“My son’s 40 deg fever lasted 6 days”

Mycoplasma, a bacterial infection, may seem like the flu, but can do so much more damage to your munchkin’s health… Read more here

"My son’s autism breakthrough”

Suzanne Goh, mother of an autistic child, shares the techniques that have enabled her once-silent son to speak in sentences. Read more here


“My little girl has a rare brain tumour”

Karen Lai’s dreams for her daughter were dashed by a rare brain tumour. Read more here

“My baby’s infections left him fighting to breathe!”

Bad enough that Long Li Yann’s children had been swapping infections for weeks, then one night, her baby barely responded… Read more here

“My 9-year-old daughter drools, so classmates stay away”

Though her daughter has a very rare disorder, Sally Kwek believes she can achieve great things, just like other kids… Read more here

"My son was pinned down by 5 adults"

Lawrence Ng recounts the emotional rollercoaster of parenting Kai, his autistic son. Read more here