The TV correspondent gave birth Wednesday to daughter Li Jefferson Clayton

By Cynthia Wang
June 03, 2010 05:45 AM
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Laura Ling experienced two life-altering thrills within a year’s time: seeing former President Bill Clinton’s August arrival in North Korea to the secure her and Current TV colleague Euna Lee’s freedom after five months in government captivity – and learning she was pregnant with her and husband Iain Clayton’s first child.

Now she can add a third.

At 7:36 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Ling, 33, and financial analyst Clayton, 43, welcomed daughter Li Jefferson Clayton at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, Calif. She weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz.

“Her parents are too speechless,” Laura’s sister Lisa Ling, former co-host on The View – and now a correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show – tells PEOPLE. But Lisa adds, “Li is super adorable!”

Laura Ling told PEOPLE last month that while she was in captivity, she thought, “I am never going to be able to start a family.” But after learning she would have a girl in January, she and Clayton decided to name her “Li,” after sister Lisa.

As for Li’s middle name, Jefferson, Lisa Ling explains it is in tribute to William Jefferson Clinton. “He has checked in on me several times to see how I’m doing,” Laura told PEOPLE, “and has been so concerned and caring. He’s such a wonderful human being.”

Both Laura and Lisa, 36, co-wrote Somewhere Inside, a memoir about their relationship and the events of the previous year. Laura and Euna Lee also appear together on their own network in a special currently featured online on Current TV’s Web site.