Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Daughter Sienna May

10/02/2014 at 05:15 PM ET

Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Daughter Sienna MayKevin Mazur/Getty

Surprise! Ellen Pompeo is a mom once more.

On Thursday, the Grey’s Anatomy star, 44, revealed she and husband Chris Ivery welcomed their second daughter about two months ago.

Sienna May Ivery welcome to the world. We love you more than words can say,” she captioned a black-and-white Instagram photo of the new dad sweetly kissing their daughter.

The family’s new bundle of joy arrived with the help of a surrogate and joins big sister Stella Luna, 5.

“It’s important to protect the privacy of the surrogate, but don’t forget, I am the same girl who had the mayor of New York City marry me and it didn’t get out for five days,” Pompeo jokes to Australia’s TV Week. “I’m good at that!”

Who helped Pompeo keep little Sienna’s arrival a secret? None other than producer Shonda Rhimes, the queen of Thursday night TV’s twists and turns.

“Sienna was born via surrogate [and] I would like to thank my whole @ShondalandTV family for helping us enjoy these first few weeks privately,” she Tweeted.

Parenthood is a poignant yet bittersweet experience for Pompeo, who lost her own mother when the actress was just 4 years old.

“I try my absolute hardest every minute of the day to be the best mother I can to those children,” she adds. “Not having a mother [myself] growing up, being a mother is more significant than I can put into words.”

— Michele Corriston with reporting by Elizabeth Leonard

FILED UNDER: Babies , Births , Ellen Pompeo , News

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Anonymous on

Way to keep the baby under the radar! Congratulations to Ellen and family!

bkable on


Mommytoane on

Congratulations to the happy couple on the birth of their beautiful baby girl.

klutzy_girl on

This was surprising, but congratulations to Ellen! Cute baby.

ann on

cute picture, very happy for them

denise on

Congratulations to everyone.

thistle on

very cute pic of dad with baby, and way to omit mention of the first child (other than “a mom once more”)

thistle on

I like the name Sienna and hope doesn’t have to fight too hard against “Shanna” and “Shana” and “Sierra.”

sweetpatata on

That very sweet picture really gets to me! Congratulations!

Anonymous on

What a sweet photo – look at all her HAIR! 🙂

Kendall on


Jennifer on

How wonderful! I had my first child two years ago at age 40, so I understand the older mom issue. I would love to have another but too old to be pregnant myself. I wish I had the financial means like Ellen for adoption or for a surrogate.

guest on

gosh look at all that gorgeous hair! jeally!

Jood on

Thistle, did you miss this: ” The family’s latest bundle of joy joins big sister Stella Luna, 5.”

Alex on

What a beautiful photo – you can already see the love. Congratulations to the whole family!

Enough please on

Gestational surrogate ? Or carrier ?

Man that drug dealer got lucky !

Lilah on


MayBaby on

Congrats to the family on the addition of their baby girl. It’s funny…just tonight as I was watching Grey’s Anatomy, I wondered if or when Ellen would have another child. Congrats again!

Anonymous on

You can’t even see the baby’s face, but she still looks adorable!!!

Rally on

Jennifer, your only 42, there are plenty of women who get pregnant at this age. Have you tried taking clomid? Good luck!

Rally on

Also, Jennifer, Im not sure if your actively trying to conceive or not, but that close after a baby, a woman is usually pretty fertile. I know you said adopting is too expensive but have you considered fostering which can lead to adoption, I don’t think adopting is as expensive as many people think, plus a good portion is tax deductible.

Leah on

That’s smart. Congratulations to Ellen and her family

annmarie on

She carried and gave birth to her first child herself, wonder why she opted for a surrogate this time. Not important though, she has a healthy child and that’s all that matters. She’s very lucky to have the resources to do this.