Queensland Labor senator Nita Green and her wife Lacey have welcomed a baby girl in Cairns.
The Cairns-based federal politician announced on Facebook she’d given birth to the couple’s first child, baby Stevie Victoria, on Tuesday.
“My wife Lacey and I are very pleased to announce the birth of baby Stevie,” she wrote.
“Bub is doing well and we are absolutely smitten.
“We are incredibly grateful for the exceptional care we have received from our doctors, nurses and midwives.
“Welcome to the world little Stevie.”
Long journey to parenthood for Senator Nita Green and wife Lacey
The Labor senator, who was elected in 2019, announced she was pregnant last August and has spoken openly about her tumultuous journey to parenthood.
Green said last August she and Lacey had been trying for a baby for two years.
In that time, the couple have gone through numerous rounds of IVF.
“I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the emotional toll [of IVF], that disappointment, and also the physical toll that it takes,” she told the Courier-Mail.
The senator shared that in late 2020, she sadly suffered a miscarriage nine weeks into her pregnancy.
“It’s just incredibly heartbreaking. It doesn’t matter if you know the statistics or not,” she said.
“When you fall pregnant and then you lose that pregnancy, there’s just a little hole in your heart that you can never really fill again.”
Senator Green said while using IVF and suffering pregnancy loss is common, it’s not often spoken about.
She said it’s important to do so to help end stigma so women “won’t feel as alone.”
Nita Green is Queensland’s first openly gay parliamentarian to give birth while in office.
Senator Green is the second in Australia to do so, after WA Labor senator Louise Pratt, the ABC reported.