Duckworth wants to change rule after making history

12 April, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Angel Logan
  • FIle Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday her office announced the first US senator to do so while in office

Duckworth's daughter is named Maile Pearl Bowlsbey.

Born Ladda Tammy Duckworth in March 12, 1986 in Bangkok, Thailand, Tammy was the daughter of Lamai Sompornpairin and Franklin Duckworth, a US Army veteran who worked with the United Nations in Southeast Asia.

"Bryan, Abigail and I couldn't be happier to welcome little Maile (My-Lee) Pearl as the newest addition to our family", she tweeted. Only 10 women have given birth while serving on the House of Representatives, Duckworth being one of them 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. Duckworth, 50, is the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.

"She also is a sponsor or co-sponsor of bills dealing with affordable child care, paid parental leave and other infant and maternal health issues".

And just like a lot of moms we know, Maile's arrival didn't follow the birthing plan Duckworth and her doctor created together. In 2016 she ran for an Illinois Senate seat, defeating Republican incumbent Sen.

She has also called for the military to enact a policy to give personal time for new mothers to bond with newborn and adopted babies, and to make sure that student parents have access to on-campus child daycare centres.

She has been vocal about support for increased family-building options. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who died on April 6. Duckworth and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, conceived both daughters using in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Duckworth's proposed rule change would allow any senator to bring a baby onto the Senate floor within the first year of the child's life. "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. She became a double amputee after her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down.

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