Jeannie Mai announces birth of Baby Jenkins, advocates for women to 'have the choice' to have kids

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"Just because we're women, it means that we have the choice. It doesn't mean we have to have children, it means that we have the choice," says Jeannie Mai Jenkins.
"Just because we're women, it means that we have the choice. It doesn't mean we have to have children, it means that we have the choice," says Jeannie Mai Jenkins.

Jeannie Mai Jenkins has finally announced the arrival of her baby with her husband of nearly 10 months, rapper Jeezy, in a recent Instagram post. 

"I asked God for a life of love and happiness. He sent me my family. Baby Jenkins is here," Jeannie wrote.

After years of talking openly about not wanting children, the The Real co-host took everyone by surprise when she announced her decision to grow her family, but still made time to reassure women that the choice is theirs. 

The former How Do I Look? star explained in a previous Youtube video, titled 'Why I Changed My Mind to Have a Baby',  that though she changed her mind, she will always advocate for women to be allowed to make the choices that are right for them.

"I was always, and still am, very protective of women and people who don't want to have kids. I don't like the guilt and the pressure that's placed on women to have children. Just because we're women, it means that we have the choice. It doesn't mean we have to have children, it means that we have the choice," she said.

However, excitedly looking forward to the journey ahead, the Emmy award-winning producer and TV host said that she was "in awe" of the growth and transformation that led her to her decision.

"It really took every single day of my life to get to this place," explained Jeannie. 

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'Something started to change very quickly'

When Jeannie and Jeezy started dating, they were both upfront about not wanting children, with the new mom admitting that it "seemed relieving that there was no pressure on either side".

For Jeannie, considering whether to have a child meant she had to weigh her options of making her life better and healing from her experiences or to "risk ruining another person's". 

"Whenever you heard me say 'I don't want to have kids', it was just such a clear and cut feeling. There was no reason to elaborate on that. My choice was: I'm better off trying to better myself as an adult because that's a full-time project for me," she explained.

"I was happy with that, and I was doing alright with it," she said.

However, after feeling safe and content for the first time in her marriage to Jeezy, Jeannie expressed that "something started to change very quickly".

"I just began to fall into a love with Jeezy that I had never experienced before and this love opened visions and dreams of things I wanted to do with him that I never pictured doing: building a future, building a family, building the type of childhood and the type of freedom and love that we didn't always have as kids in something new."

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'I was meant to be a mom'

After much introspection, Mai Jenkins says she realised that the trauma she experienced in her childhood made it difficult for her not only to trust, but to feel safe.

"The truth is, it still scares me if I can still do that, you know? It still scares me on whether or not I can keep a kid safe from someone else who might hurt them."

However, Jeannie says she is ready and prepared for the challenge with her partner by her side.

"My heart is ready and I have a partner who is equally dedicated to healing his life by having a child that has the safest, healthiest childhood we never got."

"Nothing will ever happen to this baby who is my pride and joy. I was meant to be a mom."

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