In February, actress Missy Peregrym, who portrays the role of Special Agent Maggie Bell on the CBS series FBI, revealed that she and her husband, actor Tom Oakley, were expecting their second child together. Today, Missy announced the arrival of her newborn!
It’s a girl! Missy and Tom chose to name their daughter Mela Joséphine Oakley. Mela was born just over a month ago on June 6th at 3:22 AM. Mela joins the family with an older brother, the couple’s son Otis, who was born in March 2020.
Missy opened up about her birth experience in her announcement post. “I had the most profound experience – after a hospital birth with Otis, I chose to partner with Jo and Alice to have a water birth at home. It’s usually all about the baby, but this time, I was also cared for in every way, before, during and after the birth. I was scared and supported, excited and cheered on, fully seen and heard. Lots of tears, questions and just as much laughter. I am so grateful I had the room to choose every step of the way, rewarded with the most calm, gentle entrance into the world for Mela. (I wouldn’t describe MY part of the birth gentle 😂).”
The actress continued by expressing her gratitude for the support of her family and community. “I can’t say enough about how much Tom stepped up to allow me to rest and do what I needed to be present. In no way has our journey been easy, but it has been full and I’m incredibly blessed that he’s my partner. On my left, holding my hand throughout the birth was @priscillafaia, my best. She turned down work to be with us, choosing to share in the transformation of our family, which she is a part of. I feel loved. I want this for every mother, that they would be surrounded with strength.”
Congratulations to Missy and Tom on the arrival of baby Mela! We wish their family all the best during this exciting time.
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