Kenya Moore, 47, Welcomes First Child — Daughter Brooklyn Doris — After Pregnancy Complications
The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, 47, gave birth to daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly at 9:39 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 4, PEOPLE can exclusively report
Kenya Moore is a mom!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta alum, 47, gave birth to daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly at 9:39 a.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 4, PEOPLE can exclusively report. The baby girl weighs 5 lbs. and 12 oz.
It’s the first child for Moore and husband Marc Daly, who gave their daughter a name that holds special meaning.
“Brooklyn because that’s where we met and fell in love, and Doris after my grandmother who passed away last year and who raised me,” Moore tells PEOPLE.
Mom is doing well and “Brooklyn is very alert and active,” but the happy news also comes after scary few days for Moore.
The former Miss USA, who conceived through in vitro fertilization, gave birth via emergency cesarean section after revealing on Oct. 27 that she had tested positive for preeclampsia — a pregnancy complication that caused her to gain “17 lbs. in ONE week due to severe swelling and water retention, high blood pressure, and excess protein in urine.”
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Preeclampsia typically develops suddenly in women who previously had normal blood pressure after the 20-week pregnancy mark, according to the Mayo Clinic. Left untreated, preeclampsia can have fatal consequences. The most effective form of treatment is delivery, something Moore said she was considering.
“This is NOT normal,” Moore wrote on Instagram. “Baby is fine but if [test] come back higher #babydaly will have to come same day.”
“Staying positive,” Moore added. “To my pregnant sisters please go to your visits and tell the doctor of any drastic changes. Thank God I have great doctors.”
On Saturday, she let fans on Instagram know that her baby was on the way. “If you want to make God laugh have a plan…” she captioning a shot of her laying her hospital bed. “Won’t be long now. Pray for us 🙏🏾 #babydaly #weloveyou #prayers.”
Moore announced that she was pregnant during the first part of the season 10 RHOA reunion.
“I’ve waited 47 years for this moment,” Moore told PEOPLE at the time. “I didn’t really want to announce it too soon because I feel it’s very early on in our pregnancy. But I have suffered so much in my life when it comes to wanting a family around me. So this is the day I’ve been waiting for my entire life. It’s a dream come true.”
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Fans of RHOA are well aware of the struggles Moore referred to. The reality star has been open on the hit Bravo show about the estranged relationship she has had with her mother (the two haven’t spoken in years), and the isolation she has felt because of that.
“No one really knows what it’s like to feel rejected and abandoned by someone who gave birth to you and who treated you so badly and who hoped you would fail,” Moore said. “For me to have a family of my own, to me, that’s what makes me feel like I’m at the pinnacle of happiness.”
Moore’s quest for love was also well-documented on RHOA, in a series of relationships that didn’t pan out for one reason or the other.
All that bad luck changed when she and Daly first met through mutual friend (and fellow Bravolebrity) chef Roblé Ali back in June 2016. Though the couple didn’t start dating until December of that year, their bond was nearly instantaneous.
The pair married in a romantic sunset ceremony on a St. Lucia beach in June 2017, with Moore telling PEOPLE at the time, “We both want to start a family, and soon — like, right away. We both want a child.”
So was Daly as excited about fatherhood? “He’s thrilled! He’s just so happy,” Moore raved. “He gave me a big hug and a kiss and then he started to just kind of make jokes. That’s just his personality. He’s a fun-loving, happy person.”
Sadly, RHOA fans won’t get to see this next chapter of Moore’s life play out on television when the show’s eleventh season premieres on Sunday. Moore chose not to return to the series, a disappointment for longtime viewers of the show hoping to see her journey continue.
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On Oct. 20, she was showered with love at an extravagant fairytale-themed baby shower.
Among the attendees were a slew of Moore’s former Bravo costars and colleagues, including Atlanta Housewives Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss and Porsha Williams; RHOA pals Shamea Morton, Carmon Cambrice, Miss Lawrence and Brandon Deshazer; Real Housewives of Potomac‘s Gizelle Bryant; and Married to Medicine‘s Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Toya Bush-Harris.
“Words cannot express the joy and happiness I feel in my heart,” she wrote on Instagram. “So overwhelming to have a room of people who came to celebrate the impending life of #babydaly.”