Michelle Stafford Welcomes Daughter Natalia Scout Lee

12/22/2009 at 04:55 PM ET
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Following a three-year quest to start a family, Michelle Stafford‘s biggest wish has finally come true.

The Young and the Restless star welcomed daughter Natalia Scout Lee Stafford on Monday, December 21st at 11:23 p.m., her rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

The baby — born via surrogate — weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 19 inches in length.

“She is healthy, gorgeous, and amazing — Michelle is out of her mind happy,” the rep says in a statement.

After announcing in September that her decision to turn to a surrogate had been successful and that she was, indeed, expecting her first child, Michelle celebrated the impending arrival with a whimsical baby shower late last month alongside some of her closest friends.

– Anya

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jessie on

congrats!

Milla on

thats awesome! i love Michelle, i like the name Natalia :)

Lola Marie on

CONGRAULATIONS MICHELLE!!!!

I am so excited for her. From what I’ve read she has wanted this so badly…
:-D

Ashley on

What wonderful news! I was just wondering about her and her baby yesterday.

Jess from Ohio on

Congrats to Michelle! I am so glad she finally got the child she has wanted for so long. She seems like a wonderful woman who will make an awesome (and funny!) mother. The best of luck to her and her well-named little girl!

Chelsea on

Aww, just in time for Christmas!

kelsey on

Congrats to her! I am genuinly happy for her and I love the name!

Paige on

How awesome. What a wonderful Christmas present! Congratulations to Michelle. Bet Natalia’s beautiful like her mom.

Mara on

I’m so happy for Michelle. She’s a beautiful woman who now has a beautiful baby girl!

Megan on

Congrats Michelle!! I am so happy for you. You will make an amazing mother because you are an amazing person. Love the name you chose as well.
Congrats again! We are all so thrilled for you. :)

Kristen on

Congrats Michelle!!!! I bet the baby is beautiful!!!

Sam and Freya's mum on

What a fantastic early b’day present; the best one of all! How exciting for her after a long, difficult journey to motherhood. Congrats on the safe arrival of her little girl. I have a 6 year old niece living who’s a Tahlia (which I prefer personally, with the ‘T’), but Natalia’s still a pretty name. Glad she went for the more unusual middle name rather than first name, lol. Think it flows pretty well, like it for some reason.

Sam and Freya's mum on

oops, early Xmas pressie, not BIRTHDAY!!

Emma on

I’ve been waiting for this announcement. Congrats Michelle! What a lovely name. Scout and Lee bring the daughter in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Welcome to the world Natalia!!

Jennifer on

MS is my fave soap actress, and I’m thrilled for her! She is candid, down-to-earth, and you can tell that family means everything to her. Kudos for being open about her fertility struggles and for going it alone. I admire and respect her and can’t wait to see the little one…she’ll be gorgeous just like her mama, and is lucky to have a mom like MS, who wanted her so badly. Plus, I LOVE the name!

Soapydoc on

Michelle, a very big congratulations on your holiday blessing, Natalia Scout Lee. I am very much looking forward to reading about your journey to motherhood. It is my wish that you and Natalia have a beautiful and joyous Christmas season. I can’t help but notice your daughter’s middle name is Scout Lee. I would imagine it’s no accident that your daughter shares a middle name with the brave, spunky heroine from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the last name of that classic novel’s author. There is no doubt that your beautiful offspring will have the same main quality that Harper Lee’s Scout possessed: a tender heart….much like you, her mother.

Enjoy this chapter of your life…it’s the best one yet.

Tasha on

Congrats Michelle,

You got an early Christmas gift that will light up your life with so much joy and happiness, that your life will truly feel complete. Enjoy this time with her and enjoy being a mother.

Andrea Wilhelmi on

So Happy for you Michelle and your new little one Natalia! I know motherhood is everything you dreamed it could be :) Love you bunches!

mll1206 on

Congratulations Mommy!!! Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas’s with you beautiful bundle of Joy!!

meghan on

What a christmas gift! Congratulations!

Baby Carriers Slings on

congratulations to the new mommy! What a wonderful gift!

Kath, UK on

Congrats to you. I bet this will be the start of some super special Christmas’ for you.
I can’t help but notice though that no-one has commended the women who graciously carried the child for her. Well Done to the surrogate, you have given Michelle the ultimate Christmas Present!Hope you are well :)

lana on

hey- maybe i’m wrong, but isn’t the main character’s name from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Jean Louise Finch? I was sure Scout was just her nickname or something. Anyhoo, glad the baby is healthy, she must be beautiful. I LOVE the second two names. Not very fond of Natalia, as it is fairly common where I come from, but it’s still pretty.

marye on

soo happy for michelle ..have been a long time fan..glad she now has what she’s wished for so long

mary on

I have watched her on my soaps and tv movies forever, and have always liked her, so happy for her!!! She will be a fabulous mother!!! COngrats!!

Brownsugar1313 on

I’m happy for her. It must be hard wanting something that badly and not being able to do it yourself. For a lot of women such is the case. I am happy her ending is a happy one!

Dasiy1 on

That is such a lovely name, and as others have sais what a great early Christmas pressie.
lana, Jean-Louise Finch was her name but she is iconicly known only as Scout.

Terri on

I love the name Natalia. Congratulations to Michelle.

Elizabeth on

She’s always been one of my favorite soap actresses. I’m so happy for her!!

Ale O on

Oh Congrats Michelle & Natalia!! So happy!! Was wondering bout that lil bundle..something in Y & R h2o as the Luckinbills (JT &Victoria, Y&R) had their baby girl last wk..love ya girl, live the book-great name!!!!
Blessings:):););)

Lisa on

Congratulations Michelle. My husband and I met you about 4 years ago on the set of Y&R and you were so nice to us. You called us cousins because we have the same last name. I am so happy for you. We are waiting to adopt an infant daughter. The wait is driving us nuts. We can’t wait to be as happy as you. OH and I love love love the name.

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