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Kate Pang, Andie Chen welcome baby boy

Chen, who had been filming Channel 8 drama The Journey: Tumultuous Times in Ipoh, Malaysia, rushed to be by Pang’s side when her contractions began.

SINGAPORE: Kate Pang and Andie Chen welcomed their first son, named Aden, on Monday (June 30) at 6.29am. Pang, 31, had a home birth that took 24 hours.

Chen, who had been filming the MediaCorp TV Channel 8 drama The Journey: Tumultuous Times in Ipoh, Malaysia, rushed to be by Pang’s side at their home in Taipei on Sunday morning, when her contractions began.

“The real labour pains started about an hour or two after I got home,” Chen said. “Aden was really waiting for me. Every day (before his birth), we told him, ‘Wait for Daddy’.

“I’m not a romantic person but I amazed myself when Aden came out. Very cliche-ly, my mind was blown,” said Chen, over the phone. “I’m very practical and I don’t have romantic dreams about how cute my baby is going to look (but) I felt that I was witnessing a miracle and I couldn’t stop tearing.”

Pang, who is “also very practical”, wanted to experience labour without any drowsiness and opted for a drug-free delivery. “In your mind, it’s like a hundred metre sprint, but it’s really closer to a marathon,” Chen said. “She confessed during the peak of her pain that she regretted doing it the more painful way but after the birth, she realised that she had made the right choice. She’s in good spirits but very worn out.”

Chen added: “I’m so proud to have Kate as the mother of my son. She showed me how far she would and could go for love. I was close to tears both for the courage of my wife and the miracle of life.”

The next step will be to decide on a Chinese name and apply for dual citizenship for Aden. But first, he will be making the most of his 10 days with his new family before he has to return to filming in Malaysia.

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