Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Duckworth becomes first senator to give birth while in office

Duckworth becomes first senator to give birth while in office

Baby Maile - the couple's second daughter - was born in a suburban Washington DC hospital on Monday.

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".


"I've had multiple IVF cycles and a miscarriage trying to conceive again, so we're very grateful", she told The Sun-Times. But all those women were members of the House of Representatives when they had their children, including Duckworth, who had her first child while serving as a representative in 2014.

Duckworth, a Democrat from IL, is just the tenth woman to give birth while serving in Congress, and the first to give birth as a sitting U.S. Senator. In a world filled with bad headlines on an hourly basis, the historic moment of the first Senator to give birth while in office is such welcomed, wonderful news. Now she is pushing to change Senate rules so she can bring her new daughter to the Senate floor with her. She has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at helping parents, The New York Times reported Monday. She's become known for her support of affordable child care, paid parental leave, and other family health issues.


Akaka - a Democrat from Hawaii who served in Congress for more than three decades - died Friday at age 93.

Congratulations to my friend and colleague Tammy Duckworth and her husband Bryan and big sister Abigail on the new baby girl-Maile Pearl! She is an Iraq War veteran, and lost both her legs and damaged her right arm after a helicopter crash.


Duckworth has worked on legislation to give women places to breastfeed in airports and to help parents who are in the armed forces spend time with their newborn children, and she said in her statement that she wants to continue focusing on parenthood as an economic issue. "I don't consider myself unique, because there are billions of working parents, and my children will only motivate me to do my job", she said.

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