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Revisit the moment history was made with first baby born on live TV

Nineteen years ago, Today made history by airing Australia’s first baby born on live TV.

Nine’s Tracy Grimshaw was the host of Today and she joined Dr Ric Gordon at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in the delivery room in 2003.

While such a feat had never been done in Australia before, Dr Gordon revealed to Today he was nervous at the time.

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Dr Ric Gordon baby born live on Today 2003
Today made history airing Australia’s first birth on live TV – with host Tracy Grimshaw live in the operating theatre. (Today)

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“I don’t know if we would get away with it now,” he said.

Gordon said the idea for the segment came about because it was around that time the 20 millionth Australian was due to be born.

“It took a bit of chatting – there was a meeting on how do we know when that is and could it be one of mine because you can’t just wait for a baby to be born,” he said.

“I had a caesarian scheduled on that day and it came from that.”

As Tracy live-commented and a captivated Australia watched on – Gordon successfully delivered Thomas Cooper while his mum Leanne calmly gave birth live on air.

“It went so well, it was a great morning and a good outcome – the baby raised when it was meant to cry, mum and dad were happy and Tracy was quite emotional over it all,” he said.

Dr Ric Gordon baby born live on Today 2003
Dr Gordon said he isn’t sure you would get away with such a controversial segment on TV today. (Today)
Dr Ric Gordon baby born live on Today 2003
Young Thomas Cooper is now 18 and recently completed his HSC. (Today)

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Leanne and Thomas were unable to join Today this morning, but Gordon revealed the now 18-year-old had recently completed his HSC.

“I was chatting to Leanne about it a day or two ago – and she is so proud of her son. So proud of what we accomplished that day.”

If you’d like to see more moments like this, be sure to tune into Today from 5.30am this Friday as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.

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