Wong's partner to give birth in December.
Baby conceived using sperm donor and IVF.
Child will know who father is, media won't.
PENNY Wong and her gay partner are having a baby. The Finance Minister revealed today that her long-term partner Sophie Allouache was expected to give birth in December after falling pregnant through IVF.
"Like any expecting parents, the prospect of welcoming this child into our lives fills us both with joy," Senator Wong said.
"We are extremely grateful to our IVF service and staff, and to our donor, for giving us the opportunity to raise a child together."
The couple know the biological father and say he will be known to the child. However, the father's name will not be released to the media.
"We have chosen to make this statement about Sophie's pregnancy as we understand there may be public interest due to my position.
"I do not propose to make any further statements following today," she said. Treasurer Wayne Swan was the first of Senator Wong's colleagues to congratulate the couple.
"As any parent knows, starting a family is one of the most exciting times in your life, so this is just great news for Penny and Sophie," Mr Swan said.
"On behalf of my own family and all my staff, I wish them both all the best on the long but enormously rewarding road of parenthood."
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