NBC's Kristen Welker Welcomes First Baby, Daughter Margot Lane, via Surrogate: 'Love of Our Lives'
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Kristen Welker is officially mom!
On Saturday, June 12, Weekend Today co-host and White House chief white house correspondent for NBC News, 44, welcomed her first child through a surrogate mother, daughter named Margot Lane Welker Hughes, with husband John Hughes.
Welker shared the news on Monday on the Today show, revealing that her newborn baby arrived at 2:12 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Welker, who struggled with infertility for years, told Today that her daughter's first name was chosen in honor of her grandmother Margaret, who had a huge impact on her life, while Lane is a family name on Hughes' side.
"[We and our surrogate mother] lived in rooms next to each other and visited her all the time so that we and little Margot could thank her for giving birth to Margot," Welker recalled. "Besides, Margot is really the love of our life. Seeing her precious face and looking into her eyes made every minute of our trip worthwhile."
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Welker first announced during Infertility Awareness Week in April that she and her four-year-old husband are expecting their first child together.
In detail to Today that she and her husband “immediately tried to have a baby” after getting married in March 2017, Welker said, “It didn't work right away. So we thought, 'As a precaution, let's go to the doctor.' "
After her fertility specialist said she should try to get pregnant through IVF - or in vitro fertilization - Welker said that she then learned that the lining of the uterus was too thin to support a child.
"And I was like, 'Okay, well, let's fix it. There has to be something we can do to fix this,'" she said.
However, after a number of different tests and appointments over a period of two years, Welker then accepted that she could not carry a child alone. "And it was probably the lowest moment and deepest realization I've ever had," she said.
Welker and Hughes refused to settle down and give up their hopes of becoming parents, and the couple decided to expand their family through surrogacy.
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"Being with a surrogate mother is one of the most extraordinary experiences I've ever had," said Welker as Hughes repeated her feelings and stated, "Our surrogate mother was amazing."
"I can't explain how wonderful she was," added Hughes. "For her, it was about giving us something that she felt a deep connection with."
Welker also wrote a sweet letter to her unborn daughter, in which she talked about the path to parenthood and that of her husband.
Welker wrote that she "can't wait for me to hold you for the first time - it's everything I've dreamed of for years," wrote Welker that her daughter's trip "is one that your papa and I are always proud of be and celebrate ". . It's a reminder of how much we value you. "
"Our special helper and hero is a young mother who says it is her job to be a helper," continued Welker in her touching article. "... The moment we found out was the happiest of our lives."
She concluded, "My sweet baby, your daddy and I haven't met you yet, but we have loved you forever."
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