Broadway star Laura Benanti welcomes second daughter via surrogate

Laura Benanti has welcomed her second daughter via surrogate mother.

The Broadway star revealed the exciting news via Instagram this weekend, sharing two sweet photos of her and husband Patrick Brown’s precious baby girl.

“Please welcome to the world Louisa Georgia Benanti-Brown,” the 42-year-old actress captioned her post.

“Like many, the journey to grow our family has come with many challenges. However, our journey was also marked by the privilege of walking different paths to grow our family.”

Benanti went on to call her “remarkable surrogate” an “angel-on-earth.”

†[She] carried our precious girl and delivered her into our arms; an otherworldly generosity of mind, body and kindness that can never be repaid,” she wrote, adding: “Ella and Louisa Rainbow babies. Rainbow sisters.”

Laura Benanti and Patrick Brown
The couple are now parents to two daughters.
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Fans and friends were quick to jump in the comment section, including friend Hilary Duff, who gushed, “I’m so happy for you! Congratulations! sisters.”

“omg congratulations to you and your beautiful family,” added LeAnn Rimes.

Benanti and Brown, who married in 2015, welcomed their first daughter, Ella, in 2017.

Daughters of Laura Benanti
Born in 2017, Ella looked so happy to be a big sister.

The “My Fair Lady” alum has previously described her experience with “mama chess players” after she first got older.

“There are so many different ways to raise your child, and those ways should be up to you as an individual,” Benanti told People last year.

“And the fact that people feel that at some point it’s appropriate to shame you or say their way is better is really amazing.”

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The trio is now a family of four.

The stage actress also wrote a book with her boyfriend Kate Mangiameli to provide comedic relief to new mothers.

†[Kate and I] both had postpartum depression after our kids were born,” the author said. “M is for MAMA (and also Merlot): ABCs of a Modern Mother.

“I wasn’t able to see the humor in things in the way I usually am, so it was important to me that we could bring some levity to a situation that can often feel like life or death.”

She added: “You keep a human alive and that can be a lot of pressure, so I think any chance we have to laugh is a positive one.”

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