Rebekah Brooks 'overjoyed' at becoming mother as surrogate gives birth
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, is "overjoyed" at becoming the proud mother to a baby girl, her spokesman announced.
Scarlett Anne Mary Brooks was born at 4.05pm on Wednesday at the Portland Hospital, central London, weighing six lb 1oz.
Mrs Brooks and her husband, Charlie Brooks, a racehorse trainer, were said to be "overjoyed" at the safe arrival of their first child, in a surrogate birth.
The surrogate mother, who has declined to be identified, delivered the baby at 37 weeks, said Mrs Brooks' spokesman.
David Wilson said that both baby and the surrogate were said to be "perfectly well" despite a "difficult" pregnancy. The couple "will be forever grateful" to the surrogate, Mr Wilson added.
Mrs Brooks, 43, and her husband, 48, who live in Oxfordshire, had been expecting twins, but one baby died during the early stages of the pregnancy.
Mr Wilson said on Wednesday night: "Scarlett Anne Mary Brooks was born at 4.05pm today weighing six pounds one ounce.
"She was born at 37 weeks via a surrogate mother.
"Both Rebekah and Charlie are obviously overjoyed and will forever be grateful to the surrogate for bringing her into the world. It has not been a pregnancy without difficulties. They lost a baby very early on."
He added: "It has been a difficult pregnancy and obviously all parties are now absolutely overjoyed that she has now arrived". The couple "love the name", he added, which has "strong connections to the racing industry".
The couple had been trying to start a family since becoming a couple more than five years ago and for more than two years were consulting fertility experts.
Mr Wilson has said: "Both parents are acutely aware of the infertility problems encountered by many other couples.
"In the longer term, they hope to recognise their good fortune by working in some way to help other couples facing similar challenges