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Holly Willoughby on hand for the arrival of the first This Morning baby!

Gemma Strong

Holly Willoughby was in her element as she spent the morning with newborn babies and their mothers during a special episode of This Morning. The mother-of-three paid a visit to the maternity ward at St Thomas's Hospital on Wednesday, and enjoyed herself so much she even joked she might never return to her day job.

"You've lost me. I'm not coming back," she told co-host Phillip Schofield via video link. "I'm so happy, I can't tell you! I might change jobs."

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Holly Willoughby was in her element cuddling newborn babies during a special episode of This Morning

Of course, the experience brought back memories for Holly of the births of her own children. Walking past an empty birthing pool, she revealed: "I had Chester in a birthday pool. Best thing I did."

The 35-year-old also got to catch up with midwife of 16 years, Sylvie Wachtendorff, who had helped Holly breastfeed her eldest son Harry. "Sylvie spent a good 20 minutes with me, helping me to feed him. And he was my best feeder," the TV star commented.

Later on, Holly got the meet the very first 'This Morning baby', born during the show. "This is baby Mei," Holly exclaimed, clearly emotional, as she stood next to proud new father Sam. "She is not even an hour old. She was born at four minutes past 11…" With Sam's blessing, Holly then got to have a cuddle with the tiny baby girl – "She's just so special, so magical," she said as she cradled the newborn.

She also got to meet baby Mai, when was less than an hour old

While Holly was enjoying her time out of the studio, her co-host Philip was clearly missing her. At one point he even changed a Christmas decoration which said 'Noel' to read 'Lone', joking, "I'm Billy No Mates right now!"

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