Saturday 24 September 2016

'Phoenix is the Greek mythical god who rises from the ashes' - Newstalk's Dil Wickremasinghe on her baby with partner Anne Marie Toole

Published 19/05/2015 | 14:30

Dil Wickremasinghe and Ann Marie Toole have had their first baby, Phoenix
Dil Wickremasinghe and Ann Marie Toole have had their first baby, Phoenix
Dil Wickremasinghe and her partner Anne Marie Toole
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Newstalk presenter Dil Wickremasinghe has spoken about her joy with partner Anne Marie Toole at the birth of their baby boy Phoenix.

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Phoenix was born in the early hours of Sunday morning and Dil took to Twitter yesterday to post a photo of the happy trio following his arrival.

Speaking to Midday on TV3, she explained that he arrived in a hurry, after just 45 minutes in a birth pool.

"He was in a hurry to come along and who was I to stand in the way?" she said.

"I could feel the pressure, it was very manageable pain. There's a whole movement in Ireland about changing the perception of birth to something less scary."

Dil said she only used gas for the last 15 minutes, and explained why she and Anne Marie named their son Phoenix.

"All my life and Anne Marie’s life we have been through the war by coming out in a society that is not accepting. For us Phoenix is the Greek mythical god who rises from the ashes."

She added, "It was very emotional, I was very excited. I can't believe I have a son."

Posting a photo to Twitter yesterday, she wrote, "Baby boy Phoenix was born at 2.05am. Our wish for a child & a home birth came true -looking for a hat trick #VoteYes"

Dil (41), who presents Global Village on Newstalk (Saturday 7-9 pm), and Anne Marie (34) met at a weekend mental health conference in Wicklow, on April 30 2010.

On speaking publicly about their joy at expecting a baby together, however, they were subjected to online abuse during Dil's pregnancy apparently because the baby has two parents of the same sex.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent at the time, Dil said, "I was thinking that this may have been how the victims of mother and baby homes felt years ago.

Newstalk presenter Dil Wickremasinghe and her partner Anne Marie Toole on the joy of their first baby  

"They were pregnant outside the traditional structure of marriage, and some parts of society felt entitled to call them horrendous names, like "fallen women" and "sinners," and say their innocent children were "illegitimate" and "bastards."

"There are people out there who are trying to devalue my pregnancy and cheapen my experience of becoming a parent.

"Thankfully, the majority of people have been absolutely amazing and so supportive, because for every negative tweet I have received, there were 100 positive ones."

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