AS the nation celebrated National Day, the stork brought much cheer to many couples.
At the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, an orang asli woman delivered her 12th child early Monday morning.
Asmah Angah, 39, from Grik delivered a baby girl weighing 3.65kg past midnight through normal delivery.
She said the doctors had predicated that she would give birth on Aug 31.
“At about 9pm on Sunday, I started having labour pains, and at 12.12 am, finally my daughter was born.
“I have two sons, six daughters including the newborn, while four other children have passed away.
“I am happy that my daughter will be celebrating her birthday on National Day,” she added.
Another young mother, Amal Munirah Mohd Aniza, 22, said she was relieved and happy after she gave birth to her first child on National Day.
Her son, Aisy Ardhani Jebat weighing 2.6kg was born at 12.05am.
“Despite having labour pains for six hours, I am so happy as the bundle of joy is a precious wedding anniversary gift for me and my husband Mohd Khalif Aleias.
“We celebrated our first wedding anniversary on Saturday,” said Amal Munirah who only just completed her diploma in Pharmacy from Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
At Ipoh Pantai Hospital, Nur Zawani Johari, 31, delivered her second child weighing 3.05kg, early by two weeks.
“I was shocked as my son was only due later in September, but I guess he just could not wait to see the world,” she said.
KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital also celebrated the arrival of two Merdeka babies at the maternity ward.
Lecturer Shahrina Md Nordin, 40, gave birth to her third daughter at 8.45am, weighing 2.76kg.
As for teacher Nor Ashikin Sued, the 30-year-old welcomed her firstborn – a healthy baby boy, weighing 2.69kg, at 9.53am.
The hospital chief executive officer Asmadi Mohd Bakri said they were excited to celebrate and welcome these babies who arrived on the same day as the nation’s 58th year of independence.
The hospital also created a Merdeka atmosphere by decorating the lobby with balloons, flags and special features.
Two days before National Day, a poem titled “Legasi Diteruskan,” was specially written and presented by fellow anak Malaysia Harun Razali who is from the hospital’s Pharmacy unit.
Meanwhile, at the Kinta Medical Centre, the hospital welcomed three National Day babies.
S.Parimalar delivered a baby girl weighing 2.86kg at 8.20am, S. Anna Mary delivered a 3.37kg baby girl at 11.32am, while Lee Wai Yee delivered a baby boy at 4.18pm.