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I was once a rebellious teenager who chose to be different in expressing my ideas. However, I must say that there was also a hormonal, sappy part of me that secretly enjoyed hopelessly romantic love songs. A chunk of my playlist was dominated by Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza’s songs.

In retrospect, I practically went through my teens with Siti Nurhaliza’s songs, which naturally made her one of my favourite Malaysian singers of all time. Even as a mom, every now and then you’ll catch me karaoke-ing to her songs while doing house chores, much to my kid’s annoyance.

So yes, it must be clear that I have Malaysia’s beloved songbird close to my heart. But it isn’t only me. Siti Nurhaliza has touched many lives through her beautiful songs and melodious voice. She has become a national treasure, one to be cherished for her contributions to Malaysia’s music industry. Malaysia’s sweetheart is an inspiring icon who came from humble beginnings and rose to fame with her pure talent.

Journey through infertility and TTC

In 2006, Siti Nurhaliza tied the knot with renowned businessman Datuk Seri Khalid Mohammad Jiwa, better known as Datuk K. Her decision to marry an older and divorced man caused some uproar among fans and followers, and there was much scrutiny into her personal life.

Nevertheless, the marriage stood strong. The couple found themselves on a TTC (trying-to-conceive) journey for a grueling 11 years. Year after year, Siti Nurhaliza’s struggles with infertility became even more apparent as time went by. Being under the spotlight must have been challenging during this time, especially with so many curious, prying eyes on her.

Even during such a challenging period of her life, the soft-spoken star never lost her grip and faith. She spoke of her infertility issues openly, admitting that she had been going for fertility treatments. She talked about facing the challenges she had to go through with a strong heart and mind.

The singer became the face and voice of the struggles with infertility, a topic that was still largely taboo in Malaysian society.

In 2015, there was a spark of hope when fans heard about her being pregnant. Sadly however, Siti Nurhaliza then shared devastating news that she suffered a miscarriage two months into her pregnancy. She then carried on with her TTC journey and moved on to a 3rd attempt at In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Good news and the nation rejoices

In October 2017, the good news everyone was hoping for finally arrived. Siti Nurhaliza called for an exclusive press conference to break the news – she calmly announced that she was 4 months pregnant. There had been plenty of speculation as her professional gigs had dwindled months prior to the announcement.

In the press conference, she admitted that her baby was conceived through IVF. The 38-year-old stated that it was the most viable option for her as age was catching up on her and she could not risk waiting any longer. Finally, Malaysia’s Number One singer received the ultimate award she had been waiting for – the chance to become a mother.

The months that came after the announcement went by like a breeze. After 9 months and a very cautious and healthy pregnancy, Siti gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on 19 March 2018 via Caesarian section.

Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk K watching over Siti Aafiyah . Photo source: @ctdk (Instagram)

After years of struggle, Siti Nurhaliza has now become a mother, and the nation rejoices. Malaysia’s sweetheart has her own little sweetheart, and she is aptly named Siti Aafiyah, which translates to “health and strength”. They were words that her mother never ceased to mention in prayers throughout her pregnancy.

A symbol of hope

Looking beyond the celebration of Siti Aafiyah, Siti Nurhaliza’s journey in TTC and infertility has become a symbol of hope for many couples who are struggling and trying for a child of their own. Her openness about her journey and willingness to share her struggles has given a new voice to the TTC community. She has helped raise awareness about the realities of infertility.

“There’s no shame in admitting it. Many have been through what I have experienced. Some waited even longer. I want to share my experience with them,” she once said during a session with the media.

Her experience has also inspired her to open a fertility center under Yayasan Nur Jiwa, which will provide affordable fertility treatments to hopeful couples. The center is now being built and due to be launched early next year.

 

A heartfelt congratulations to Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa on the arrival of Siti Aafiyah, from us at makchic! May there be an abundance of happiness and love around her always. 

 

Photos: Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza

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When a man and woman decide to have a baby, a life changing decision has been made. Parenthood is a profound transition that’s easily one of the most – if not most – important times of their lives.

Yet for some couples trying to start a family, they may experience issues with infertility. The emotional, physical and even financial stress can take a toll on the individual as well as the couple’s relationship.

Infertility affects both men and women and is not an inconvenience but a disease of the reproductive system, impairing the body’s ability to reproduce.

Overcoming infertility means couples need to seek expert advice and medical treatment. One such place is the Fertility Centre at Sunway Medical Centre.

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Private individual counseling bays.

The SunMed Fertility Centre opened its doors this April and offers a comprehensive range of fertility services including semen analysis, intrauterine insemination (IUI), surgical sperm retrieval, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) just to name a few.

Patients who successfully conceive will be brought under the care of Sunway Medical Centre’s seven resident obstetricians. With a fully equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the team of three neonatologists and six specialist neonatal nurses are dedicated to ensure mother and baby experience a safe delivery journey.

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Fully equipped lab.
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IVF procedure room.
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Recovery bay.
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Comprehensive Neonatal Intensive Care Unit services from level I through level III.

The SunMed team believes that a successful pregnancy does not end at conception. To answer any questions or worries – even after conception – a 24-hour Fertility Careline is offered for patients to contact the team via calls, text messaging and even WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat or Facebook Messenger.

The SunMed Fertility Centre is located on the 2nd floor of Tower A at Sunway Medical Centre. Contact 03-7491 6555 or 019-338 1681 (24-hour Fertility Careline) for more information.

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Having difficulty conceiving can be a stressful experience for any couple. Now, researchers have data that suggests preconception stress might play a role in infertility.

According to research by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, women with higher levels of alpha-amylase, a biomarker of stress measured in saliva, are 29% less inclined to conceive each month. They are also more than twice as prone to not get pregnant despite 12 months of regular unprotected sex.

Scientists studied saliva samples from over 300 American women between the ages of 18 and 40 who didn’t have known fertility problems and had just began trying to conceive.

Study leader Dr Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, from Ohio State University in the US, said results of this research should encourage women who are experiencing difficulty getting pregnant to consider managing their stress using stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness. However, she said that couples shouldn’t blame themselves if they are experiencing fertility problems, as stress isn’t the only or most important factor involved in a woman’s ability to get pregnant.

The new findings are published in the latest online edition of the journal Human Reproduction.

Source: The Guardian

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