16-hour labour for Joanne Peh with no painkillers

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

SINGAPORE - It was a natural birth for celebrity mother Joanne Peh, whose daughter decided to "make her entrance" on Friday (Aug 7), two days ahead of Singapore's golden jubilee.

Her husband, actor Qi Yuwu, 38, was  by her side during her 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 that 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 got married last September and announced the pregnancy in January.

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

nggwen@sph.com.sg