Main photo: Screenshot of Channel 8 news anchor Zhao Wen Bei delivering the news on the daily 10pm live programme on 8 April 2014. The first time mother's water bag broke while she was on the programme.
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.
According to a report in The New Paper, the incident happened during the broadcast of News Tonight on Tuesday night (April 8).
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. It said Madam Zhao was determined to finish the broadcast before she went to hospital.
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 (April 10) at 4.40pm, to a baby boy weighing 2.66kg.
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.
During the early stages of her pregnancy, Madam Zhao kept vomiting and had poor appetite, reported Shin Min. She said that during one 1pm news broadcast, she felt nauseous as the first segment of the programme was going into a commercial break.
“The crew rushed into the studio and gave me a plastic bag,” she said.
“I just vomited and barely had time to dry my tears when I had to carry on with the next segment of the broadcast
Read the full report in The New Paper.
Photos 1 and 2: Lianhe Wanbao, photo 3: Channel 8 News / YouTube screenshot. The rest of the gallery shows other newscasters who also made the news.