Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The offspring

Rumah settled. Now,the next on our agenda list,'expanding' our family count.Riding the pregnancy's emotional roller coaster, feeling moody one day and joyful the next day was something special that Allah had created women in such ways.How great He created women with so much strength in this fragile,soft but yet a magnificent art. Alhamdulillah, sometimes on the tenth week of my pregnancy,for the first time,we heard her. My baby's heart beat, also referred as fetal heart tones (FHT), the thud that was rapidly pumping her tiny strong heart.Much faster than her parents'. From that moment on,I was eager to see and cuddle her in my arms.

4th April 2011 seems so far to come at that moment.
The first 6 months of my antenatal check-up was conducted by an obstetrician & gynecologist,Dr Loh from a private clinic in Taman Megah,PJ.He was ok.Gentle and informative. He was(is) attached to Tropicana Medical Center which is not too far from our house.It was a grand newly operated private hospital.Cost wise,not much different from other reputable private hospitals too. I was hoping for a muslim to deliver my baby(babies). So the scouting began actively towards the end of my 2nd trimester.

Our 'titot'
Her white drawer with her rows of gifts and sample products
Guided with days of surveying, Shifa's entry about her pregnancy caught my attention.She went for her antenatal checkups with Dr Norleen Salleh from Darul Ehsan Medical Center,or best known as DEMC. And my research went further in depth about Dr Norleen Salleh. No doubt,she is one of the best. Many had compliment her deliveries and true enough,my first appointment with her took me to a different perceptions about being pregnant. This petite,soft spoken,and gentle women made me feel like wanting to make more babies and to be her patient again :)

Nope.This is not the petite lady im talking about.
This is mama elephant enduring her pain
Few weeks prior to the appointment, we had our antenatal class there at the DEMC too. Where we had the opportunity to tour the new clean spacious and modern ambiance hospital. The staff were very warm and friendly. Your request will be attended without a fail. You felt welcomed there,yes,that's the word. None that I met without a smiling face.

As at Sept '11 ,DEMC offers a normal delivery package at RM2,200 (which I find it reasonable cheap for a private specialist center). The package covers:
(1)normal delivery procedures,
(2)no need to worry on what vaccines should you or your baby should be taking,they cover this in the list as well.Such as Vitamin K injection,BCG Injection,the 1st dosage of Hepatatis B injection,
(3)baby hearing test
(4)and also the nursery charges
(5) 2 days of post-natal checkup

Doesn't that sounds good?

This package offers a 2 bedded room but if you feel like splurging your cash a bit, you may opt for a single-bedded room to junior executive,to executive,to suites and foremost,to the Orchid Suite. Pictures and info are available on their website or you may walk in and contact them at :

 No. 4, Jalan Ikhtisas,Seksyen 14
  40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Phone: (603) 5515 1888   Fax: (603) 5515 1815
Web: www.demc.com.my
Email: careline@demc.com.my

As for me,my 2 days 1 night stay at the Executive room with no epidural given (alhamdulillah I beared the pain all the way),receipted us less then RM3k. It was a satisfactory. Ooops Ok,back to my pregnancy / labour story.

June 26th 2010
The line showed ' + ' on the pregnancy test device.
Tired,endless nausea, backache,swollen feet,feeling senseless all the time,not much on food craving,sleepless nights,moody...for the rest of the 40 weeks or so...

April 1st 2011
1AM : Slight bleeding. Minor backaches as usual.
2AM : Couldnt get much sleep. Anxious. Happy . Nervous.All in one.
*fast fwd*
6 AM : Decided to get myself checked. We headed to the hospital and I was warded immediately. Didnt have the appetite to enjoy my breakfast. I just laid back enduring the contractions.
10 AM : Dr Norleen (yes,I managed to have her as my doctor), induced me, deteriorate my contraction to the max. But on the other hand,it shorten the time of my delivery pain.
*not to mention in here of how many times had I crinkled left and right hoping the contraction would subsides*
11:50 PM : 'Habis Kederat', a malay saying as I fought for both baby and my life.Push Push and Push. I tried not to dwell on my fears. My baby's head was out. Her body were still in me.
12:08 PM : And with one last big push,I heard my baby's voice.The most beautiful melody that I've ever heard.

By looking at her,my pain just alleviated. But,did I really feel any pain 'down there' while she was 'getting' out? Not at all!!!Seriously.No joke.Maybe if the contraction wasn't there I would have felt something.

An info I saw somewhere on the net : "A human body can bear up until 45 del (unit) of pain, yet at time of giving birth,a mother feels up to 57 del (unit) of pain.This is equivalent to 20 bones getting fractured at a time" 

Now imagine how is a mother's love and pain?

Here she is,the flower of our hearts,Dahlia Mohd Helmi, in her Papa's arm

Only now I could understand the meaning of being a parent. The love towards your offspring is endless.You would wake up many times during the night to see if your child is ok,no matter how tired you are.No matter how sick,and no matter on what ever circumstances.

Thank you my dear husband for all the support you've given over the 9 whole months.I know it was all new for you,and so did it was to me.But,with God's will,we managed it through.Alhamdulillah.

Hugs kisses hugs kisses and more hugs and kisses for both Ummi and Ayah.

Dear Dahlia,

Here are your doctors who held you when you were little. Do include them in your prayers ok baby :)

The one who delivered you

The one who gave you shots!! ;)

"And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word."
"And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small."

Quran, Surah Isra 17:23-24


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