Barbara Bush Welcomes First Baby, Daughter Cora Georgia: 'Healthy and Adorable'

"With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter," George and Laura Bush said in a statement shared with PEOPLE

The bustling Bush family just got one grandkid bigger!

George and Laura Bush's daughter Barbara Pierce Bush gave birth to her first baby with husband Craig Coyne, a daughter, on Monday, Sept. 27, the former president and first lady announced.

"With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter," the Bushes said in a statement shared with PEOPLE.

They said Barbara, 39, gave birth to Cora Georgia Coyne in Maine.

"Cora is healthy and adorable, and we are proud and grateful," the Bushes said in their statement. The little girl joins Barbara's sister Jenna Bush Hager's three children — son Hal and daughters Mila and Poppy — and multiple cousins.

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The Bushes' statement noted Barbara welcomed Cora "not far from our family home where Barbara and Craig were married [in 2018]."

Barbara Bush and Craig Coyne
From left: Craig Coyne and Barbara Pierce Bush. Jamie McCarthy/Getty

The couple, who were set up by friends in 2017, wed at the Bush estate on Walker's Point the following October in a secret, family-only ceremony. "Very short" and "sweet" is how Barbara described it to PEOPLE at the time.

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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush
Jenna Bush Hager (left) and Barbara Pierce Bush. Jamie McCarthy/Getty

In a recent interview with PEOPLE ahead of this year's George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards, which will be held Tuesday night, Barbara said one of the "silver linings" of the COVID-19 pandemic had been being able to stay with her parents at their Texas ranch.

"We thought it would be for a handful of weeks — we didn't anticipate that it would be for the majority of a year," Barbara said. "But it's time that we never otherwise would've had, of course."

"There's something really lovely about the simplicity of being with someone every day," she continued, "rather than when we normally are with our family where it's around the holidays or it's for this very condensed amount of time."

Barbara, a co-founder of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, said that after leaving Texas, she and her actor-screenwriter husband planned to move to New York.

The two had been in Boston before the COVID-19 pandemic, while she was in graduate school. She told PEOPLE in 2019 that family was the thing she missed about N.Y.C., including her nieces and nephew.

"Before then we were living four blocks from Jenna," Barbara said at the time, adding, "[It] was so nice because I could see the girls all the time."

"She's really, really happy," Hager, 39, told PEOPLE of her sister that same year. "I think moving to Boston was a lot of fun because they're kind of exploring a new town together."

Barbara has long kept a lower profile than her Today co-host twin sister, who has spoken candidly about dealing with feelings of "guilt" over her own pregnancies while she knew that Barbara was also trying to get pregnant.

Hager wrote in 2020 Everything Beautiful in Its Time that "infertility runs in my family," but that her mom has always given her the same advice when soothing concerns about pregnancy: "Every woman gets her baby in her time."

Barbara kept mum in last week's PEOPLE interview that she was expecting, but she noted in passing, "We're actually in Maine" — where she soon gave birth.

"The downtime of just being together has been really beautiful and I know something that I'll always remember and likely will never have again," Barbara said. "That's been a real bonus of what has been an unusual and complicated year."

* With reporting by SAM GILLETTE

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