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-  X I N   Y U A N  ( P A R T  2 )

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Her first cry. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Lying on her back, Hoi Yan was visibly exhausted from it all, and with the baby out, all the baby need now was her mother's warmth. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Wai Leong checking on the baby. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Her legs trembling, with a piece of bloodied cloth in between. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Daddy's joy. © Evan Hwong Photographs

But first, a picture. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Wai Leong trying to lift part of Hoi Yan's shirt so she can begin to breastfeed Xin Yuan. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Hoi Yan was too tired to take her clothes off, Wai Leong left to take a pair of scissors so he can cut her clothes in half to get the baby warmed up immediately. © Evan Hwong Photographs

...and back with a pair of scissors. © Evan Hwong Photographs

I cannot describe what Hoi Yan must be feeling. Remember, there were no epidural pain killers, nurse, doctors, even midwife. © Evan Hwong Photographs

"Hmm... What else do I need to do?" © Evan Hwong Photographs

Wai Leong describing how he managed to catch Xin Yuan. © Evan Hwong Photographs

A bundle of aww. © Evan Hwong Photographs

That First Yawn. © Evan Hwong Photographs

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Next, the placenta. Which naturally came out like a punctured gooey basketball. Wai Leong placing the placenta into a small pail, once the "oohs" and the "aahs" subsided so he could get down to business. © Evan Hwong Photographs

In some Chinese tradition, a delivery could make the mother lose important red (or white) blood cells, and to replenish it, a small teaspoon-ful of the placenta taken orally back would help to boost it back up. I kindly declined to try one since there wasn't a million dollar prize if I did. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Time to breastfeed. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Yup, all fingers and toes accounted for. © Evan Hwong Photographs

The adoring look from both. © Evan Hwong Photographs

While the entire home birthing experience was totally an eye opener, the umbilical cord still needed to be cut off eventually. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Hoi Yan finally managed to lift a smile after regaining herself from exhaustion. © Evan Hwong Photographs

More picture time! © Evan Hwong Photographs

Later on, Hoi Yan will have to carry Xin Yuan in one arm, and the bucket in another, after getting dressed to go to the Gleneagles Intan Specialist Hospital to remove the umbilical cord. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Mother and baby has been living well with great health since, and Xin Yuan at times would tear up whenever both of them look back at these images. Such blessings... :) © Evan Hwong Photographs

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