On Tuesday, Latin pop star Shakira was taken to the hospital in Barcelona, Spain to give birth to her and boyfriend, Gerard Pique first baby (according to Spanish reports). Shakira took to Twitter on Tuesday, writing in English and Spanish and stating, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life.”
Shakira’s website confirmed on Tuesday night that the pop star gave birth to a baby boy named Milan Pique Mebarak. He was born at 9:36 pm, in Barcelona Spain and weighed in at 6 lbs. 6 ounces. Mommy and baby are doing fine. The baby’s name in Slavic means: dear, loving, and gracious.
A baby shower to help less fortunate children
Earlier this month, the singer and boyfriend took to social media asking fans to help them celebrate the birth of their baby through an online baby shower, stating “We’d like to celebrate the imminent birth of our first child with all of you.”
They asked their fans; rather than buy gifts for their son, to donate $5-$110 to a UNICEF charity Shakira has been a global ambassador for since 2003. Donations at the minimum level will buy a mosquito net to protect a child from contracting malaria and the maximum will purchase a peanut based paste to feed a malnourished child.
A heartfelt statement regrding parents around the world
Shakira and Pique made a statement regarding the donating of gifts to UNICEF, “To celebrate the arrival of our first child, we hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations. Thank you for sharing this unforgettable moment with us. Every expectant parent around the world shares all the same hopes and dreams for their children that we do, yet many don’t share the same opportunities. Together we know we can change that.”
I think it was a very thoughtful and generous thing for the couple to do, to think about less privileged children during the excitement of them having their own baby. We should look to see Shakira in her post baby weight soon on the next season of the Voice as she will be one of the new judges on the show.