Updated: Beyoncé & Jay-Z Welcome Baby Girl. Plus, A Statement!

The power couple welcome first child

Beyoncé Knowles

Photos by Keystone Press

Music’s power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) welcome baby girl Blue Ivy Carter.

Late Saturday evening (January 7), the pair headed to New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital where parents Tina and Mathew Knowles, with younger sister Solange, waited patiently for the new arrival.

The name Ivy was inspired by the number “4” and “IV” which tie to the couples birth dates: September 4 for Beyoncé and December 4 for Jay-Z. Also, the couple married on April 4, 2008 and was the name of Beyoncé’s latest album, 4.

Celebrity Tweets:
@GwynethPaltrow: Welcome to the world Blue! We love you already.
@Rihanna: Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih
@UncleRUSH: Congrats to my good friends Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Updated: The couple release their first statement
“Hello Hello Baby Blue! We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

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