16-hour labour for Joanne Peh

Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu and their daughter.
Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu and their daughter. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOANNE PEH AND QI YUWU

It was a natural birth for celebrity mother Joanne Peh, whose daughter decided to "make her entrance" yesterday, two days ahead of Singapore's golden jubilee.

Her actor husband Qi Yuwu, 38, was  by her side during the 16-hour labour, during which she did not use any pain relief.

In a handwritten note penned by the parents and shared with the media, the first-time parents say they are relishing the arrival of their daughter after "10 months" of pregnancy.

Peh, 32, wrote: "Holding my baby girl for the first time is so comforting and surreal."

Qi added: "As I saw the arrival of my daughter, as a father, I find it hard to describe my feelings in words.

"When my daughter looked at me as I held her in my arms, I've felt that we've known each other for a long time."

Peh and Qi married last September and announced the pregnancy in January.

As they step into their new roles, they asked for privacy  to enjoy parenthood and said they would not be taking interviews for now.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2015, with the headline '16-hour labour for Joanne Peh'. Print Edition | Subscribe