Baby on the Way for Vanessa Carlton

06/27/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Vanessa Carlton Pregnant Expecting First Child
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Vanessa Carlton is putting her next album on hold temporarily, as she’s working on another kind of baby.

The “A Thousand Miles” singer, 33, is expecting a baby with John McCauley, she announced Thursday on her social media accounts, while showing off her baby bump.

“No, those aren’t a bunch of croissants. We’re expecting a baby. It’s healthy and moving around like a champ,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Thanks for sticking with me. John, Victor and I are over the moon,” she added, referring to her husband and her beloved long-haired dachshund.

Carlton and McCauley, a singer-songwriter from the band Deer Tick, got married in December —  with none other than Stevie Nicks officiating.

Two months before the nuptials, Carlton was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and had to undergo emergency surgery.

Carlton has been working on a new album, Liberman, but has now delayed the release until next year.

“I’m bummed to delay the album because it’s so special to me,” she writes. “When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you … in due time!”

— Tim Nudd

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bitsy on

Never heard of her.

Sarah S. on

Yay, that’s great news…congrats to Vanessa and John! 🙂

guest on

Wishing her a safe and happy rest of her pregnancy!

Ala Lemon on

Congratulations 🙂

Anonymous on

Awww, congrats to them! I hope the fact that she delayed her album doesn’t mean she’s having another difficult pregnancy!

Eleanor on

Wishing her all the best. For clarification – she did have an abortion to save her life after having an ectopic pregnancy.

Someone on

Having an ectopic pregnancy removed isn’t the same thing as having an abortion, Eleanor.

Eleanor on


Vanessa Carlton
to have a
that terminated her pregnancy, otherwise known as an abortion. No difference. She could have chosen to do something else, but chose to save herself.

Eleanor on

Having an ectopic pregnancy removed is an abortion.

Even a miscarriage is a “spontaneous abortion.”

maryanne on

@eleanor. please tell me what she should have done differently?

4mom on

I had a d&c because my baby had been dead inside me for 3 weeks and wouldn’t deliver on it’s own. I ran the risk of serious complications if I didn ‘t do something about it. Is that an abortion Eleanor? My poor baby was already dead. Don’t you dare tell me I aborted something I wanted so badly. An abortion is a choice you make. I had no other choice. It was a d&c.

Marky on

Ectopic pregnancies can kill a mother if and when they rupture and there is too much internal bleeding. An ectopic pregnancy is extremely rarely able to be sustained, and I, who am quite anti-abortion, would not deem it an abortion. Most ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tube, and this is a pregnancy that cannot make it past 2-3 months, which is pretty far along. Can’t change that by dying, or do you think she should have died, rather than have the surgery, for an impossible situation? Not convenience, but there will be no baby, and there is no assuming whatever….I’ve never known anyone who wasn’t grieved by having an ectopic pregnancy, since it usually results in not only a lost pregnancy, but a lost tube, as well.

meghan on

I guess Eleanor thinks Ms. Carlton should have let herself die or lose her reproductive system altogether. You are a sick woman Eleanor.

Anonymous on

I agree with the majority. An ectopic pregnancy is not viable (unless it’s one of the rare cases in which the embryo implants somewhere other than the fallopian tube, and even then it’s pretty much a miracle if the baby survives long enough to be born). Therefore, having one removed is pretty much the same as having a D&C due to the body not expelling a miscarriage on it’s own.

At any rate, it is certainly NOT an abortion!

Eleanor on

It’s an abortion, no matter how you contrive to make the same procedure to be something different.

Many, many people whose fetuses had severe abnormalities, and wanted to spare the fetus from extreme pain and suffering at birth (from seizures, only to die hours later,) have spoken in support of permitting abortions. Similar situation.

How dare you cruelly judge, and dismiss these women and men who have carefully, and painfully determined what is best for them, just as Vanessa Carlton did.
Keep your selfish agendas to yourself.

meghan on

Eleanor, you are an idiot.

stitchingmama on

@Eleanor: as a pro-life, anti-abortion woman and mother – I find your comments so far beyond the pale of reason, logic and general good sense (not to mention utter shite as far as argumentation goes).

1. You do not know the details of her ectopic pregnancy. We haven’t been told when she had surgery. Because ectopics are often not discovered until (predictable) complications arise, surgery frequently happens after an ectopic pregnancy ruptures.

2. Only a completely suicidal (not to mention misogynistic) world view would require that women sacrifice their own lives (ruptured ectopic can lead to loss of reproductive organs and other severe complications up to and including DEATH) in the name of a pregnancy that cannot possibly be sustained as it is OUTSIDE the womb (yes, there have been rare cases where babies grew outside the womb, but this is not where they are supposed to grow and in the vast majority of cases, it is an absolute certainty that the baby will not survive). I suggest you do a little reading on different religious perspectives on what should be done when the life of the mother is on the line as it very much is in the case of ectopic pregnancy. It is a false analogy to equate the removal of an ectopic pregnancy which cannot and will not result in a live baby, with abortion for reasons of genetic anomaly or defects.

I could go on…

The question of what to do in cases where the interests of the moms life are against the life of an unborn child is not an easy one, which is all the more argument that it should be left to the mother, father, physician and God. Not mentally unstable people on the internet.

Hea on

Eleanor – What is wrong with you? Have you no sense of when enough is enough? And what DO YOU suggest Vanessa should have done about her ectopic pregnancy?

Anonymous on

Eleanor- In addition to what I’ve already says, it doesn’t sound like Vanessa chose to have her baby removed from her body. Rather, it sounds like the doctor basically told her she HAD to have the surgery to save her life and then rushed her to the OR!

Eleanor on

Hea/A – what’s wrong with YOU?

I agree, Vanessa, like many women, CHOSE/HAD to have an abortion to save their lives; or like other women, chose/had to have an abortion to spare the fetus from pain and suffering.

Abortions are needed in all kinds of situations, and call the procedure what it really is.

meghan on

Eleanor, you do not know what you are talking about, so just shut up.

Eleanor on


So you want women to die, and want to shut them up.

You are a monster.

But the truth remains that removing an ectopic pregnancy is an abortion.

Tay on

Never heard of Vanessa before but congrats to her!

Eleanor on

– details of Vanessa Carlton’s procedure are on People’s web site – 11/6/13. All you had to do was make an easy search.
– Ectopic pregnancies have resulted in live births. You have lied (your words: “ectopic pregnancy which cannot and will not result in a live baby.”)
– Oklahoma lawmakers equated the treatments used in abortions and ectopic pregnancies – see Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (2011.)

meghan on

Eleanor, SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eleanor on


Go away!

You want women to die, and are EVIL.

Eleanor on

78% of Americans recently polled by Gallup support abortion rights in all or some circumstances.

Americans agree with me.

commonsenseplease on

@eleanor an eptopic pregnancy is not a viable pregnancy. There is no room for growth and this pregnancy can kill the person carrying. Having emergency surgery to have it removed is NOT an abortion! It is an unfortunate and very dangerous situation to be in.

Eleanor on

News stories on ectopic pregnancies that resulted in births is below.
Again, Oklahoma lawmakers passed a law based on (and many Catholics believe – see added quote below news stories) the fact that when drugs are used to treat ectopic pregnancies, it is the same as an abortion.
Deny it all you want, but drugs stop what could possibly be a viable pregnancy (again, see a small sample of news articles below.)

“St. Joseph Woman Gives Birth In Rare (Ectopic) Pregnancy” – News-Press, August 8, 2013

“Mother Who Risked Everything to Have Her Ectopic Baby” – Daily Mail, June 26, 2011

“Baby Born After Rare Ectopic Pregnancy” – NBC News, May 30, 2008

“Ectopic Triplet Makes Medical History” – The Guardian, Sept. 9, 1999

“Miracle Baby Born During Rare ‘Abdominal Pregnancy’ ” – CBS News, June 20, 2012

Catholics: “never permissible to evacuate the fetus using methotrexate or to incise the Fallopian tube to extract the fetus, as these procedures are considered to be direct abortions”

Jane on

In a technical sense, Eleanor is right, terminating a pregnancy is aborting a fetus. In a technical sense, Eleanor is also a loon. So there’s that.

Eleanor on

Jane – why does your side despise facts, and hate women so much?

Eleanor on

Jane –

Thanks for admitting the obvious, and stating I was right.

Remember to keep abortion safe and legal, and save women’s lives.

wildmountainbelle on

@Eleanor, having an ectopic pregnancy is nothing like having an abortion. An ectopic pregnancy is a non-viable pregnancy that can not survive. Not having it removed could be life-threatening, extremely painful, and/or cause the mother to become sterile. You are an idiot.

Eleanor on


You’re insulting the Catholic Church now?

We’ve been through this before, ad nauseum.

Try reading the comments above before mindlessly typing.

Recap & hopefully for the last time –

Catholic Church/Oklahoma legislature’s opinion – ectopic pregnancies are comparable to abortions given the measures taken to end pregnancies.

Ectopic pregnancies can result, and have resulted in live births, and thus, can be viable.