“With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter,” said former President George W. Bush in a statement to the press. “Cora is healthy and adorable, and we are proud and grateful.”
Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara’s twin sister, talked about the lovely news on a recent episode of NBC’s “Today,” where she works as a host. She said she was at first “frantic” when she got the late-night text message that Barbara was in labor, as it was six weeks early. But, she said her dad then texted back to everyone, “God is good,” and reading this immediately calmed her and helped her to feel that her sister was in safe hands.
What made the whole birth even more unique is that Barbara gave birth at Maine’s Barbara Bush Hospital, according to Jenna’s account on “Today.” The hospital is named for Barbara and Jenna’s grandmother (wife of former President George H. W. Bush), and is the young Barbara’s namesake.
And, according to Jenna, Barbara was wearing pearls, which she apparently rarely does. Pearls were, of course, a signature of Grandma Barbara’s style. The 39-year-old Bush twin was meant to deliver the baby in New York, but, since Cora came so early, they happened to be in Maine.
The whole set of circumstances led to what Jenna called a “serendipitous” experience in which Barbara gave birth in a hospital named for the late Bush matriarch while wearing jewelry that is closely tied to her. You can see a photo of the sisters with baby Cora (and the pearls) in this shot shared by “Today with Hoda & Jenna” on Twitter.
The place where Barbara Bush gave birth was an unexpected family tribute https://t.co/MASZyWSTMe
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) September 30, 2021
On Instagram, Jenna shared photos of the proud mom and her newborn girl.
“I witnessed in awe as my dearest, toughest @barbara.p.bush became a mama,” she posted. “And today is the day I fell in love! Some cousins are anxiously waiting to play with you, but not just yet love. Xx auntie j”.
Cora is reportedly healthy, but, since she was born prematurely, is currently being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit.