ITV’s popular breakfast show Good Morning Britain broadcast live from Maternity on New Year’s Eve as the last babies of 2018 were delivered at Broomfield.
At just after 6.30am, reporter Pip Tomson spoke live to new mum Natalie who’d given birth to baby Lucas just four hours before, and Amy who’d given birth the previous day to a girl called Darcy – a name she shares with GMB presenter Kate Garraway’s daughter.
There was also a starring role for lead midwife Becky Scully who was totally undaunted by being beamed live into 700,000 living rooms.
With the GMB crew desperate for a birth while they were on air, all hopes were pinned on second-time mum Sally who was in labour as the show was running. And at 8.28am, Sally delivered a baby girl just in time for the birth to be announced live as the show wrapped.
Just 15 minutes later, Sally allowed the cameras in to see her new arrival for a short film that was shared with GMB’s 500k Twitter followers.