Edwina Bartholomew returns to Sunrise after welcoming son on maternity leave

Newsreader Edwina Bartholomew returns to Sunrise after welcoming son Thomas on maternity leave: ‘It’s lovely to come back to work’

Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew returned to Brekky Central on Monday after taking five months’ maternity leave.

The 39-year-old and husband Neil Varcoe welcomed baby son Thomas during her absence. They are also parents to daughter Molly, born in late 2019.

Edwina, who was previously a roving weather presenter before being promoted to the news desk, said it was ‘lovely’ to be back in the studio.

Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) returned to Brekky Central on Monday after taking five months' maternity leave

Sunrise newsreader Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) returned to Brekky Central on Monday after taking five months’ maternity leave

She was joined by co-anchors Natalie Barr and David Koch, while sports reporter Mark Beretta provided updates on the Aussie swimmers at the 2022 Commonwealth Games live from Birmingham, England.

Meanwhile, weatherman Sam Mac crossed live from the Gold Coast.

‘It’s been such a lovely five months,’ Edwina said.

‘We’ve had such a lovely time as a family unit, so it was a bit sad to leave them at home, but also lovely to come back to work.’ 

She was joined by co-anchors Natalie Barr (centre) and David Koch (right) on the news desk

She was joined by co-anchors Natalie Barr (centre) and David Koch (right) on the news desk

Sports reporter Mark Beretta provided updates on the 2022 Commonwealth Games live from Birmingham, England, while weatherman Sam Mac crossed live from the Gold Coast

Sports reporter Mark Beretta provided updates on the 2022 Commonwealth Games live from Birmingham, England, while weatherman Sam Mac crossed live from the Gold Coast

Natalie added: ‘Eddie has come back to work for a rest, like most new mums! It can be much more restful at work than at home.’

Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son in early March. 

‘Some small news from our family. Thomas Donald Elliott Varcoe born on the 1st of March, 2022,’ she wrote on Instagram alongside a gallery of photos of the newborn.

Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son Thomas in early March

Edwina and Neil announced the birth of their son Thomas in early March 

‘At such a difficult time for so many, many people, we hope Tom’s little face puts a smile on yours,’ she added.

The journalist had filmed her last episode of Sunrise before starting maternity leave the previous month.

She was dressed in a light blue top for the broadcast, which many viewers took as a hint at the gender of her unborn child.

They are also parents to daughter Molly, born in late 2019

They are also parents to daughter Molly, born in late 2019 

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