NBC's Kristen Welker welcomes first baby via surrogate
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Kristen Welker is a new mom, welcoming a daughter after the NBC News chief White House correspondent had shared her surrogacy story with the world.

Welker was there at the hospital to catch her newborn daughter, Margot Lane Welker Hughes, and cut the cord when she was born on Saturday.

Margot, named in honor of Welker's grandmother, Margaret, weighed in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.


"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 told NBC of her and husband John Hughes's surrogate on Monday.

Welker, 44, opened up about her surrogacy experience in April, saying in a "Today" show interview that she and Hughes had "struggled with infertility for years."

After saying she felt like a "failure," Welker described how the couple turned to surrogacy, calling it one of the most "extraordinary experiences" in her life. Welker said she chose to share the details of the surrogacy journey in an effort to "help other families."

Welker had called the surrogate "amazing," saying that she knew the woman was pregnant when she was moderating the final 2020 presidential debate last October.

“I can’t wait to tell my daughter that,” Welker said in April. “I credit her with the fact that I remained calm that night."

Following her daughter's birth on Monday, Welker said, "Margot is truly the love of our lives. Seeing her precious face and looking into her eyes had made every minute of our journey worth it.”

Welker and Hughes's surrogate was said to be doing "very well" after the birth and was discharged from the hospital on Sunday.