Melissa Rauch Welcomes Second Child

It’s a boy! Melissa Rauch and husband, Winston Biegel recently welcomed their second child, Brooks Rauch. She shared the good news in a post on Instagram.

“I am incredibly thankful and overjoyed to announce the birth of our son, Brooks Rauch, who we just welcomed into the world and directly into our hearts,” Rauch captioned her Instagram announcement. “His arrival was made possible, in no small part, by the front line heroes — the nurses and doctors who show up each day to make sure that life keeps marching forward, regardless of the circumstances. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have this baby boy join our family, but to say that it is a surreal time to be bringing life into the world is an understatement.”

Rauch also included the link to her essay for Glamour where she wrote about her fears giving birth alone in the middle of a pandemic. “The anxiety over giving birth without an advocate and support system in tow, compounded with the exposure concerns of walking into a hospital during a pandemic, were a lot to process,” she shared. “So, I tried my best to prepare for a scenario I never thought I’d face: Filling my hospital bag with disinfecting wipes and practicing labor breathing in a mask like I was training for a dystopian marathon.”

Biegel was able to be present for the birth via FaceTime.

Rauch sent out a message to the other “Pandemamamas” out there. She wrote, “Although none of us have crystal balls to predict how our children will be brought into this surreal world, there are some things I do know. Namely, you are stronger than you think—more than you ever imagined possible. And also my perineum hurts the same excruciating amount that it did after my last birth. So the good news is that some things about birthing are exactly the same, pandemic or not.”

The new baby joins big sister, Sadie.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Nynne Schrøder on Unsplash

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