NBC’s Kristen Welker, husband John Hughes welcome baby via surrogate

NBC’s Kristen Welker, husband John Hughes welcome baby via surrogate

June 14, 2021

Kristen Welker’s baby girl has arrived.

NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and husband John Hughes welcomed a daughter named Margot Lane Welker Hughes via surrogate on Saturday.

“Margot truly is the love of our lives,” Welker, 44, wrote in an email to the “Today” show that was shared on Monday’s show. “Seeing her precious face and looking into her eyes has made every minute of our journey.”

Welker added that she and Hughes, a marketing executive, stayed in a hospital room next to their surrogate’s.

“We stayed in rooms next to each other and visited throughout so that we and little Margot could thank her for bringing Margot into the world,” Welker explained.

Baby Margot, who weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces, was named after Welker’s grandmother Margaret. Lane is a family moniker on Hughes’ side.

Welker and Hughes, who have been married since 2017, confirmed in April that they were expecting their first child via surrogate after years of infertility struggles.

Ahead of Margot’s birth, Welker penned a letter to her daughter that she hoped would “one day explain her extraordinary journey.”

“Your daddy and I have learned so many lessons trying to bring you here and we want to share them with you: Every journey is unique; don’t compare yourself to others. There will be heartbreaks in life; some won’t ever fully heal, others will make you stronger. It is OK to ask for help; in fact, it can be empowering,” Welker wrote.

“Families are made in all different ways, come in all different shapes and sizes, and all families should be celebrated. And, finally, while I didn’t carry you in my body, I have always carried you in my heart and I will always be your mommy,” she continued.

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