Duckworth becomes first senator to give birth while in office

FIle Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday her office announced the first US senator to do so while in office

In a world filled with awful headlines on an hourly basis, the historic moment of the first Senator to give birth while in office is such welcomed, wonderful news.

US Senator Tammy Duckworth on Monday gave birth to a baby girl, making history as the first member of the Senate to have a baby while in office.

"Bryan, Abigail and I couldn't be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family", Duckworth, 50, said in a statement. Her first daughter, Abigail, was born in 2014. "When my new daughter is born, I'll be able to take paid time to care for her, but most people aren't so fortunate; they have to rush right back to work".

The senator will be taking 12 weeks to bond with her daughter and care for her family but will be available to close out votes when needed, Duckworth's spokesman said.

"Pearl Bowlsbey Johnson was Bryan's great Aunt, an Army Officer and a nurse who served during the Second World War", the statement reads.

"I've had multiple IVF [In Vitro Fertilisation] cycles and a miscarriage trying to conceive again, so we're very grateful", she told the newspaper at the time.

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The new baby's name is Maile Pearl Bowlsbey (pronounced MY-lee, according to a statement from Senator Duckworth's office). Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) with helping her and her husband name both of their daughters. In this current crop, the mothers among them had their kids before entering Congress, with the exceptions Duckworth and Sen.

As for the historic milestone for women in office, she previously told The Chicago Tribune: "It's about damn time".

She added that motherhood has shaped her legislative goals and has given her an "important" and "underrepresented" perspective on Capitol Hill. She's also the first disabled woman to be elected to Congress, having lost both of her legs in the Iraq War. "My children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere".

She joined the USA army and became a combat helicopter.

She initially won the Illinois' 8th Congressional District seat in November 2012.

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