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Tammy Duckworth just made history, announcing yesterday that she welcomed a baby girl and simultaneously becoming the first US senator to give birth while still in office.

The Democrat named her second daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, with her middle name being a tribute to her husband Bryan Bowlsbey's great aunt Pearl.

"Pearl Bowlsbey Johnson was Bryan’s great Aunt, an Army Officer and a nurse who served during the Second World War," the mum-of-two shared on Facebook.

"He spent many summer months with her while growing up, we feel her presence still and are grateful for her service to our nation during the most challenging of times."

Tammy herself is an Iraq War veteran. As well, the 50-year-old is the first disabled woman elected to Congress, as she lost both of her legs while serving as a US Army helicopter pilot.

Not only that, but the politician is also the first member of Congress born in Thailand, with her father being a US war veteran and her mother being of Chinese descent.

Regarding the newest addition to her family, Tammy said that she, Bryan, and their eldest daughter Abigal 'couldn’t be happier' to welcome little Maile.

The mum also noted that 'we’re deeply honoured that our good friend Senator Akaka was able to bless her name for us—his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us'.

Senator Daniel Akaka, the first native Hawaiian to represent his state in the Senate, sadly died on Friday, April 6.

Tammy shared more gracious words on Facebook, writing: "We’re also so grateful for the love and support of our friends and family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they’ve done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family."

Congratulations to Tammy and Bryan on their growing family! What a wonderful way to make history.


She kept fans updated on every detail of her second pregnancy, including having sex 'like, 500 times a day' to conceive. So it's no surprise that Kim Kardashian is being fairly upfront about her post-pregnancy plans too.

Taking to her website last night, the second-time mum revealed she hopes to keep any potential post-partum depression at bay following Saint's birth… by eating her own placenta.

"I’m having it freeze-dried and made into a pill form – not actually fry it like a steak and eat it (which some people do, BTW)," she wrote.

"I heard so many stories when I was pregnant with North of moms who never ate their placenta with their first baby and then had postpartum depression, but then when they took the pills with their second baby, they did not suffer from depression.

"So I thought, why not try it? What do I have to lose?"

As post-birth supplements go, Kim said she's a fan of the placenta pill option as it is all natural. 

"I can't go wrong with taking a pill made of my own hormones – made by me, for me," she added.

It's not the first time Kim has taken the pills either – she did the same after North's birth, while her sister Kourtney took them after welcoming her son Reign a year ago:


Yummy…PLACENTA pills! No joke…I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing! #benefits #lookitup

A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

Kim and her husband Kanye welcomed their son Saint West two weeks ago, earlier than his original expected arrival date of Christmas Day.



Just a normal day at the office… watch a live birth and have your reactions filmed for the Irish public.

The poor staff at 4FM were somehow coerced by presenter Niall Boylan into watching a full frontal video of a woman delivering a baby. Cue lots of shrieking and covering of eyes – not a great way to start the morning!

We know giving birth is a totally natural process, but we reckon our reactions would be fairly similar if we had to sit down and watch the whole thing ourselves! Shudder.

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