Set on delivering news before baby

Set on delivering news before baby

SINGAPORE - She felt a little strange, but continued to deliver the news live on television.

In the end, Channel 8 anchor Zhao Wen Bei delivered more than just the news - she delivered a baby too.

Fortunately, she did so safely in hospital.

The incident happened during the broadcast of News Tonight on Tuesday night.

Madam Zhao, 34, a first-time mother, was reading the news on the daily 10pm live programme when she felt something strange, Shin Min Daily News reported.

Her water bag had broken, but she didn't know. It was only after the broadcast that she found that out.

A woman's "water breaking" often indicates the onset of labour, but can also happen earlier. It refers to the rupturing of the amnion, a membrane surrounding the unborn baby, and the release of some of the fluid inside.

The news was shared on Channel 8's Facebook page yesterday. It said Madam Zhao was determined to finish the broadcast before she went to hospital.

"Let's give a warm round of applause for the 100 per cent dedicated anchor Zhao," the post said.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the anchor had called her gynaecologist as soon as the broadcast was over.

The doctor suspected that her water had broken and advised her to go to hospital, where it was confirmed.


Madam Zhao was warded that night, but gave birth only two days later, on Thursday at 4.40pm, to a baby boy weighing 2.66kg. The baby has not been named but was given the nickname "Dou Dou".

Madam Zhao and her husband were elated that the baby was delivered without a hitch, reported Shin Min.

"The instant I saw him, I was so moved I (was in tears)," Madam Zhao said.

During her interview with Shin Min at the hospital, she looked tired but was filled with joy at being a mother.

The baby was due only on May 13, so for the couple, it was an "unexpected surprise".

She had not expected to go into labour a month early and so was not sure if her water bag had broken during the newscast.

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