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Oh what a day!
We are pleased to announce the birth of our second son. All natural, all healthy!
date: 25 October 2007
time: 7:50pm (Singapore/HongKong time)
We have chosen to name him Keilani Soemardjan (nickname: Kei). Keilani \ke(i)-la-ni\ is pronounced kay-ee-LAH-nee. It is of Hawaiian origin, and its meaning is "glorious chief". Keilana means "glory; calmness".
Rani started having contractions after midnight at 10 minutes interval. Then from 6am to 5pm they came at 7 minutes interval. At about 6pm she had the "show" (mucous plug came off) and we immediately had her check-in at NUH delivery ward at about 6.30pm. By 7pm she was already 7-8cm dilated which became fully dilated at about 7.30pm. Doris Fok, as Rani's trusted doula, performed an excellent job comforting and massaging Rani. Because of Rani's total surrender mindset and Doris' magic aura, Keilani paved his own way to the world without any push from Rani (and absolutely no drug intervention nor pain killer!). Luckily, nurse Maria Cristina Bernardino was there to assist when Rani said "He's coming out!". Dr. Chong, the "real" doctor, came a little later, saw Kei and said, "Wow, you had a self-service delivery!".
It was such a great evening! Rani made another perfect natural birth. This time she was fully prepared mentally and physically (after reading Ina May's book). Like an athlete finishing the final 1km of marathon effortlessly! Maybe Rani is built to make babies :) Well, the natural approach is really the ONLY way to go.
PS: Rani is in Ward 42 - National University Hospital - until Saturday morning.