Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who welcomed daughter Shiloh in Namibia on Saturday, tell PEOPLE in an exclusive statement: We would like to deeply thank the staff of the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital for all their kindness and commitment in assuring the successful birth of our daughter.
Now back at the lodge where Jolie and Pitt have been staying with their children Maddox and Zahara, “everyone is doing well,” regional governor Samuel Nuuyoma tells PEOPLE. As for Shiloh, “She’s crying a lot to let them know she’s healthy, so it’s good,” adds Nuuyoma.
During Shiloh’s birth the couple s obstetrician from Los Angeles, Jason Rothbart, M.D., was assisted by the local staff of the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital.
“Angelina underwent a scheduled cesarean due to breech presentation,” Dr. Rothbart tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The baby was a healthy 7 lbs. Brad was with Angelina in the operating room the entire time and cut the umbilical cord of his daughter. The surgery and birth went flawlessly. The staff, nurses and doctors I worked with at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital were amazing, it was a team effort.”
The Cottage Medi-Clinic, in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia, is a private hospital with nine doctors and nine nurses tending to the eight-bed obstetrics unit.
Doctors in the unit do their best to make childbirth an experience the whole family can share in. They encourage rooming in – that is, babies and mothers staying in the same room – and breastfeeding and feeding on demand. Both parents are encouraged to bathe the baby, and fathers and siblings are welcome to visit – good news for Shiloh’s brother Maddox, 4, and sister Zahara, 1.