The Philadelphia meteorologist whose Facebook post about body-shaming pregnant women went viral this summer has given birth to a pair of baby girls.
Twins Parker Janice and Kaeden Faye arrived on August 26 but were born premature and had to stay in the hospital longer — Parker for a week and Kaeden for three weeks, Katie Fehlinger wrote on Facebook today, announcing her birth to the public for the first time.
"Just the day after I wrote my last Facebook post, I went in for an ultrasound and we never left the hospital," said Fehlinger, who works for CBS3 and CW Philly. "The doctor found that blood was floating out of Kaeden's umbilical cord and her placenta was losing function. The girls had to be delivered soon."
The twins were born the next day, she said, but the hardest part was yet to come.
"While Parker grew very well and thrived, her sister was always playing catch up," Fehlinger wrote. "At one point, Kaeden was so substantially behind in her growth, her doctor prepared us for the worst ... we'll just leave it at that."
Fehlinger is used to giving weather reports in front of the camera, but she was in the spotlight for another reason last month when she publicly responded to the cruel commenters who targeted her growing, pregnant belly. She encouraged women everywhere to be proud of their pregnant bodies, and not ashamed, writing, "...what women go through to bring their precious children into the world is, simply put, AMAZING, and you should be lauded."
In her latest post, she hinted at why she might have been so troubled by some of the rude comments.
"There was always more to the story," she wrote. "The bigger my protruding belly got, the better their chance to be born healthy ... and we had a very real concern they might not. I guess you can chalk it up to these ever-growing protective mama bear instincts."