Actress Danielle Brooks, who’s best known for playing Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson in Orange Is the New Black, is now a mom to a beautiful baby girl. On November 18, the proud new mom took to Instagram to announce her daughter’s arrival into the world.
Brooks kept the caption under the black and white photo simple. She wrote, “11.16.19, She’s perfect.”
Brooks first shared the news of her pregnancy with her followers on July 2. The new mom shared a picture of herself holding a ClearBlue pregnancy test while wearing a big smile.
She wrote, “So elated to finally share this news with you all. I’m happily pregnant!” However, while many of the commenters congratulated the star, others were curious about who the child’s father is. Brooks has managed to keep much of her boyfriend’s identity a secret for now.
What the public does know is that she refers to her man as “D,” and that what they have together is “true love.”
Shortly after announcing that she’s pregnant, Brooks posted a photograph of her growing baby bump for the first time. She said on Instagram that she was “still in awe” over the idea of bringing life into this world.
Similarly, Brooks celebrated her 30th birthday on September 17 by sharing another photo of her baby bump. This time, however, she wrote the words, “Mommy’s 30,” in pink letters on her belly, a foreshadow of the baby girl she would meet in just a few months.
It would be weeks later that Brooks shared a video from her gender reveal party on Instagram, announcing that they are, in fact, expecting a daughter.
In an interview with People, Brooks said that she can’t wait to get the chance to teach her baby girl how to be a woman in this world. “I’m excited to teach her how to be a woman in this world without worrying about judgment and give her the freedom to be the person that she wants to be.”
“Then getting to see that person come to life and grow and change their opinions. I’m excited to see this little human!”
In a series of videos shared on the new mom’s Instagram highlights, Brooks shared a message to all the people who will soon be coming over to her house to meet her baby girl for the first time. She also said that the message is for anyone going over to a new parent’s home to meet their baby.
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“When you go to visit someone who just had a baby, which I will be having, help them. Seriously, help them, do not just come over to see the baby and coo-coo and caw-caw in their face. Change a diaper, do a dish, make a dish, take out the trash, the simplest thing can go a very long way to a person who is very low on sleep and has been breastfeeding for hours.”
Brooks continued adding, “So if you’re coming to my house, make sure you help, okay? Because that is what I will be needing.” She said she wanted to share this particular message because she believes a lot of postpartum depression might stem from “people not being able to advocate for themselves and really say what they need.”
Brooks has not yet shared the name of her little bundle of joy.
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