Ashley Salter Welcomes Son Brooks Hartman

04/07/2016 at 12:45 PM ET

Ashley Salter has added another layer to her life: Motherhood!

The Bachelor alum is a new mom after welcoming son Brooks Hartman Brannen on Thursday, April 7, she announced on Instagram.

“Long stormy night brings a beautiful angel this morning,” Salter, 25, wrote alongside a photo of the new family of three, including fiancé Austin Brannen, shortly after the birth.

Ashley Salter welcomes son Brooks Hartman
Source: Ashley Salter/Instagrams

In February, Salter announced she was expecting her first child with real estate professional Brannen, simultaneously revealing the couple would be welcoming a son.

The news came five months after the parents-to-be confirmed their engagement. “We are very happy and look forward to spending our lives together,” they told PEOPLE.

Week 36 at our checkup #BrooksHartman

A photo posted by Ashley Brannen (@absalt) on

@shabbyapple #shabbyapple #showyourshabby baby shower @ga_tiger love my daddy!

A photo posted by Ashley Brannen (@absalt) on

Weeks before welcoming her baby boy, the mom-to-be celebrated her baby shower, sharing a photo of herself and her dad on the special day.

And while she kept selfies of her growing baby bump to a minimum on social media, Salter did share a sweet shot of her belly during a doctor’s visit.

“Week 36 at our checkup,” she captioned the photo.

— Anya Leon


FILED UNDER: Ashley Salter , Babies , Births , News

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Serena on

I detest pics of an infant with a ‘plug’ in its mouth. That is not the way to photograph a newborn person. Pacifiers are addictive, lazy-parent crutches that can adversely affect tooth development and placement.

Pumpkin on

@Serena That is not true. I work in the dental field. Pacifiers provide a comfort for the baby.

sally on

My son wanted to suck NON stop. If I would not have had a “paci” I would of jumped off the nearest bridge!
Stop judging Serena!

Fran on

I have never heard her before, congrats anyway.

Mom of 2 sweet boys on

Honestly Serena, educate yourself before you run off your mouth. Pacifiers satisfy babies natural urge to suck and have been around forever. They have nothing to do with “lazy parenting” and everything to do with soothing. My sons both loved their pacifiers, nursed for 18 months, and are healthy, happy boys with PERFECT teeth. Stop judging! Congrats to Ashley and her fiancé. Love the name Brooks!

Melanie on

Serena, is it understandable even to you that you would make such a statement about brand new parents, in a picture taken within days of having their baby? You are accusing them of “lazy parenting”? How can you even begin to think that of parents of a newborn? Some babies have a strong sucking reflex, and will be miserable if they don’t have a pacifier. I had a large family and one of those babies came into the world nursing like a pro and using a pacifier in-between. She would have made life a living hell if she hadn’t used a pacifier, and while she nursed until she self weaned, she used a pacifier until she was 4, and the dentist assured us he would rather see her with a pacifier, than my finger in her mouth (like so many new parents do now, thinking they are doing something more hands on for their infant), or her thumb in her mouth! My sister was very oral, and sucked her thumb for years…much harder to stop, and much more damaging to the mouth. Children who need to suck more than normal are going to put something in their mouth, and a pacifier is by far better! Who made you judge and jury, anyway?!

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