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LDS Church-owned Radio Station air's childbirth (Havin'My Baby)

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church-owned Radio Station air's childbirth (Havin'My Baby)
Washington Post; page C01 1Sep99 L4
By Frank Ahrens: Washington Post Staff Writer

A Bonneville Communications radio station in Washington DC broadcast live the labor and birth of a child to morning radio host Janet Elliott on Tuesday, August 31st. Over the past nine month's Elliott has worked her pregnancy in to the Top 40 station's regular morning broadcasts, keeping listener's up-to-date with everything from doctor's appointments to her bouts with morning sickness.

Elliott, 34, says that giving birth on the air seemed like a natural way to end the story, "Our listeners have lived through nine months of hormone hell that comes along with pregnancy," said Elliott from her home Monday night. "I thought, 'Gosh, it's not really going to be fair if I ride off into the sunset and have the baby and they don't hear from me for two months.' "

Elliott and her co-host Billy Bush say that they handled the birth "tastefully." Bush broadcasted live from the hospital lobby, periodically checking-in on Elliott and getting her comments. However, local television station WTTG 5, a Fox affiliate showed up to cover the event also.

In the end, the induced labor took about 6 hours, and Elliott delivered a healthy baby boy. The Post article has details of the coverage of the labor and birth.

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