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The world welcomes baby Sierra Qhadeja on December 9th, 2009 at 2.10pm, weighing 2.5kg, first daughter of Fina and Hisyam after a 7 year wait which finally was made a reality via IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) and was delivered through ELSCS (elective lower segment cesarean section) at HUKM - Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University Hospital of Malaysia). This is their journey. 

 

All photographs taken using Canon EOS 10E with Ilford HP5+ B/W Film. Click on the images below to expand with further details.

 

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Shafina has been trying for 7 years to conceive, and when finally able to via IVF, she was placed in close observation during the week closer to her delivery. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Bearing precious cargo, she's monitored almost hourly. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Even while expecting, and nearing her delivery, Shafina performs her religious duties, praying next to her ward's bed. © Evan Hwong Photographs

...Thenafter continued reading her Quran. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Doting father-to-be Hisyam arrived to join slightly later. © Evan Hwong Photographs

...Along with supplies for the day. © Evan Hwong Photographs

At 1.50pm, Shafina was sent into the delivery room to have her C-section, while Hisyam went to the prayer room. © Evan Hwong Photographs

2pm. Praying for comfort and success of the delivery. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Due to the complexity of the delivery, no family members or myself were allowed into the operating theatre. The doctor was gracious enough to help photograph baby Sierra right after her delivery at 2.10pm. © Evan Hwong Photographs

...and another photo of the baby from the nursery sent to Hisyam's phone. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Hisyam unable to contain his joy to his mother-in-law that the wait is finally over. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Baby Sierra being wheeled into the observation room. © Evan Hwong Photographs

First bond. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Mother Syafina's next to be wheeled out to her ward. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Nurses making sure Syafina was comfortable. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Syafina's dad hugging Hisyam proudly. © Evan Hwong Photographs

While more family members arrived and adoringly admiring baby Sierra. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Three generations of aww. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Both mom and child were declared healthy postpartum. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Cocooned amidst baby bolsters of Minnie Mouse, baby Sierra sleeps soundly. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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