Alex Cullen is overcome with emotion as he and wife speak about premature birth of their twins

Newsreader Alex Cullen appears overcome with emotion as he and wife Bonnie speak about the premature birth of their twin girls Audrey and Evie, now three, live on Today

Newsreader Alex Cullen appeared live on the Today show on Wednesday with his wife and their twin daughters to celebrate the life-saving research being done to help families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Australia.

Alex, 40, became overcome with emotion at one point when he recalled the premature birth of daughters Audrey and Evie, now three, at 33 weeks and just how hard it was to watch them in the NICU.

As footage played of Alex and partner Bonnie doting over their newborns in hospital and holding them for the first time after they were in their humidity cribs, Alex said it’s difficult to watch the footage back. 

Emotional: On Wednesday, newsreader Alex Cullen appeared overcome with emotion as he and wife Bonnie spoke about the premature birth of their twin girls Audrey and Evie, now three, live on Today. The family are pictured

‘You get quite emotional – just seeing them in those humidity cribs an all that stuff on them [tubes and medical equipment], all the beeping machines, it is not what you expected,’ Alex said. 

‘(Finally) being able to do the kangaroo care, it is just a beautiful moment, it is such a special thing. It was just amazing,’ Alex said about holding his girls for the first time.

Bonnie added: ‘When you finally get to hold them [for the first time], it’s amazing.’

'You get quite emotional - just seeing them in those humidity cribs an all that stuff on them [tubes and medical equipment], all the beeping machines, it is not what you expected,' Alex said

‘You get quite emotional – just seeing them in those humidity cribs an all that stuff on them [tubes and medical equipment], all the beeping machines, it is not what you expected,’ Alex said

Bonnie and Alex welcomed their twins at 33 weeks after she suffered a placental abruption.

She was rushed to the Royal Women’s Hospital and after welcoming the twins, the girls spent a month in the NICU being cared for by nurses. They weren’t able to hold their daughters for a while when they were in their humidity cribs. 

‘With a twin pregnancy, we always knew it was high risk,’ Bonnie said.  

‘At first it’s quite scary going into the NICU… but it’s a special place,’ she added. 

During the Today show appearance, the couple were joined by Dr Tim Schindler, a neonatologist from the Royal Women’s Hospital in Sydney, who is involved in clinical trials and research to help babies in the NICU. 

Their story: Bonnie and Alex welcomed their twins at 33 weeks after she suffered a placental abruption. She was rushed to the Royal Women's Hospital and after welcoming the twins, the girls spent a month in the NICU being cared for by nurses

Their story: Bonnie and Alex welcomed their twins at 33 weeks after she suffered a placental abruption. She was rushed to the Royal Women’s Hospital and after welcoming the twins, the girls spent a month in the NICU being cared for by nurses

He also helped deliver Bonnie and Alex’s twins three years ago.

‘The trials that we’re doing today, we know are going to make a huge difference to the babies of the future,’ he said. 

Alex said his girls are now ‘thriving’ and thanked Dr Tim for all the help in their delivery. 

Alex and Bonnie now have three children, welcoming son Max, three months, back in August. He was born at 41.5 weeks. 

‘We couldn’t be happier,’ Alex wrote at the time.

He added in part of his post: ‘I marvel at Bonnie’s strength especially in these very trying times. Just amazing. Mum and baby Cullen recovering well.’

New addition: Alex and Bonnie now have three children, welcoming son Max, three months, back in August. He was born at 41.5 weeks

New addition: Alex and Bonnie now have three children, welcoming son Max, three months, back in August. He was born at 41.5 weeks

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