President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and first lady Wu Shu-chen (吳淑珍) were beaming, proud grandparents yesterday after their daughter Chen Hsin-yu (陳幸妤) gave birth to a healthy baby boy, the second grandson to the family.
According to Presidential Office's Department of Public Affairs, the baby was born at 7:23am yesterday by natural delivery at National Taiwan University Hospital. The baby boy, born one week before his due date, weighted 3.4kg.
The president said he and his wife visited the hospital shortly after they were informed by Chen's son-in-law, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘), early yesterday morning around 6am that Chen Hsin-yu' was about to give birth.
Accepting congratulations from well-wishers yesterday, a smiling Chen and Wu thanked the public for their blessings. "Thank you all for your care and blessing, A-bian is very happy that the delivery was smooth," said the president, speaking in the third person.
"Chen Hsin-yu and her baby are safe and sound. I am very happy," the president added as he held the baby in his arms. The president told reporters that the delivery process was so smooth and quick that the baby was born even before anesthesia was used.
The baby's older brother Chao Yi-an (趙翊安), was born on Oct. 7, 2002. Chao Yi-an's birth fell on the same month, day and hour as President Chen's.
Chao Yi-an was born by Caesarean section, a practice which many women choose because the operations allow them to pick an auspicious time for the birth.