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Duckworth First Person to Give Birth While Senator

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On Monday, Tammy Duckworth became the first person to give birth while working as a US senator. The senator reported that she’d had a baby girl, named Maile Pearl.

Senator Tammy Duckworth
Senator Tammy Duckworth
(Source: U.S. Senate Photographic Studio; Renee Bouchard, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Ms. Duckworth has been working to create laws   to make the lives of parents easier. Earlier this year she started a bill to make it easier for mothers to feed their babies in airports. Congress is still deciding whether this bill will become a law.

When she was asked how she felt about being the first woman to give birth while working as a Senator, Ms. Duckworth said, “I can’t believe it took until 2018.”

Senator Duckworth lost both legs in Iraq in 2004.
Senator Duckworth lost both legs in Iraq in 2004.
(Source: English: Cherie Cullen (, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Senator Duckworth, who was a helicopter pilot for the Army, lost both legs in Iraq in 2004. In 2012, she became the first disabled woman elected to the US House of Representatives  . Ms. Duckworth had her first child, Abigail, in 2014, when she was working as a representative from Illinois.


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