Jolie and baby daughter ‘doing well’
Actress Angelina Jolie and her baby daughter are doing well, a doctor at the hospital said today, adding that there were no complications during the closely guarded delivery.
News of the birth first came from Los Angeles, where Brad Pitt’s publicist announced that the couple had named their daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, but said no other information or photographs would be released.
Officials in Namibia – where the Hollywood couple holed up at a luxury resort after news of the birth garnered an onslaught of media attention – refused to provide any details about the birth.
“There is nothing I can say so far except any information relating to the birth of the baby will be made available to the public soon,” said Samuel Nuuyoma, governor of the region of Erongo.
He said he could only confirm the birth of a baby girl at the Welwitschia Clinic in Walvis Bay.
A doctor at the hospital said there were no complications, and that mother and child were doing well.
“She is a healthy baby,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
He declined to provide other details.
The Namibian government has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect the privacy of Jolie and Pitt, not only installing tight security around their hotel and the hospital but also refusing visas to foreign journalists unless they had written permission from Jolie and Pitt to cover the birth.
Police ringed the hospital, refusing to admit journalists and photographers into the building, arresting photographers and confiscating film.
Nuuyoma said the couple planned to remain in Namibia for an unspecified length of time after the birth but he declined to give any other details.
Shiloh’s arrival had been the subject of intense press speculation in recent months, prompting the couple to decamp to Africa, where Jolie – a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees – is a frequent visitor.
The speculation escalated on Tuesday when Pitt sent an e-mail to the Cannes Film Festival saying he was unable to attend because of the baby’s “imminent arrival”.
Jolie, 30, also two other children, both adopted: toddler Zahara, from Ethiopia, and four-year-old Maddox, from Cambodia. Surnames for both were legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intentions to co-adopt the children.
Jolie and Pitt were linked romantically shortly after appearing together in the 2005 movie “Mr and Mrs Smith.”
Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston divorced last fall. Jolie, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in 1999’s ”Girl, Interrupted”, is divorced from Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.