Television presenter and co-host of The AFL Footy Show Rebecca Maddern has given birth to a baby girl named Ruby Mae.
The 40-year-old and her husband Trent Miller – who have kept the sex of the baby a surprise throughout the pregnancy – welcomed their first child on Thursday night.
Radio presenter Ben Fordham announced the exciting baby news on the Today show on Friday, saying the parents were overjoyed with the latest addition to the family.
Television presenter and host of The AFL Footy Show Rebecca Maddern has given birth to a baby girl named Ruby Mae
‘Can I share some wonderful breaking news with everyone? My beautiful friend Rebecca Maddern gave birth to a beautiful little girl,’ Fordham said.
‘Little baby girl Ruby Mae Miller was born last night. She weighed 7.5 pounds [3.4kg] and is absolutely beautiful. Mum and baby are fantastic and dad is pretty happy too.
‘So to Trent, Rebecca and little Ruby Mae -she’s been so excited about this and the delivery has arrived.’
Last month, Rebecca revealed why the couple wanted to keep the sex of the baby a surprise for them.
‘I’ve always maintained that I didn’t want to find out. I just felt like it was one of the greatest surprises in life – a true legitimate surprise – there was no cheating,’ she told 9Honey last month.
The Geelong-raised journalist, who experienced morning sickness early on in the pregnancy, said that her baby would be a cats supporter.
‘My child will be a Cats supporter. There’s no debate, no changing, no just going with what your friends do at school. If they like AFL, they will be a Geelong Cats supporter.’
The 40-year-old and her husband Trent Miller welcomed their first child on Thursday night
The new mum has been documenting her preparation in the lead up to the arrival of her baby
In the lead up to giving birth, Rebecca shared a photo with her 81,000 followers of the nursery she had set up in her home.
‘Love natural light filled rooms EXCEPT when you want a little person to sleep!’ she said on Instagram.
‘The reoccurring piece of advice from everyone who knew I was expecting was – make the nursery dark.’
She previously expressed her gratitude about falling pregnant at her age and opened up about her struggles to conceive.
The pair kept the sex of the baby secret – and they decorated the nursery with neutral colours
‘I have fallen pregnant when I’m 40 and that’s an extraordinary thing to happen. It really is a minor miracle. I’m enjoying and relishing every day,’ the journalist told the Herald Sun.
The Australian Ninja Warrior co-host also said she and her husband had been trying for a baby for some time but it hadn’t been smooth sailing.
‘When it happened, that’s why there were all these emotions, I was overjoyed and I couldn’t believe it until it was real,’ she told the publication.
‘Until you get to the 12 and 13-week mark you worry, but then when you get to that, there is a collective sigh of relief.’