May 31, 2015 10:00 AM

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Elizabeth Smart recently became a mom.

She and husband Matthew Gilmour welcomed daughter Chloe in February, her father Ed Smart confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune earlier this week.

And though she’s become a notable activist for causes including underage sex trafficking in the years since her 2002 kidnapping and subsequent rescue, Ed Smart said Elizabeth, now 27, won’t bring this part of her life into the limelight.

“It is totally private,” he explains. “This is something she is keeping to herself and not trying to have out there.”

Smart, who wed the Scottish-born Gilmour in 2012, told PEOPLE last year, “That is my greatest aspiration — to be a mother,” and that starting a family with Gilmour would happen when it happens.

“We’ll start having kids and see how I handle that and then go from there,” she said at the time. “I don’t have a predetermined number in my head.”

— Adam Carlson

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