It's a Boy!!! Talk 'Queen' Ricki Lake Expands Her 'Kingdom,' Delivering Her Second Son

Ricki Achieves Personal Goal With Natural, At-Home Water Birth


Baby Owen Tyler Sussman Weighs in at 8 Pounds, 7 Ounces

NEW YORK, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With her top-rated talk show on summer hiatus, Ricki Lake has had more time to focus on her latest "project:" the birth of her second son, Owen Tyler Sussman. Weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces, the newest addition to the family arrived June 18 at 3:38 p.m. A staunch believer in natural childbirth and midwifery, Ricki made the decision to deliver her baby in the familiar surroundings of her New York City apartment. The actual birth took place in her bathtub, with the expert help of a Certified Nurse-Midwife, and two Doulas. Rob Sussman, her husband of seven years, lent his support during the birth, while Milo, Ricki's four-year-old son, chose to go to summer camp.

Explaining her decision to have her second child at home, Ricki said, "I wanted to 'give birth' as opposed to 'being delivered,' and the best way for me to do that was at home with the guidance of a professional midwife."

Ricki announced her pregnancy in December and continued her daily duties as one of America's most successful talk show hosts for the remainder of the series' eighth season. She even mustered up the energy to participate in a tremendous landmark for the series -- the celebration of its 1500th episode. By the time production wrapped in mid-May, Ricki was eight months pregnant.

Ricki begins taping the ninth season of her top-rated nationally syndicated daytime series in mid-August as scheduled. She plans to have Owen right beside her when the new season starts, bringing him with her to the studio where a new nursery awaits in Ricki's dressing room, so mom and baby can spend quality time between tapings.

Ricki Lake is produced by The Garth Ancier Company in association with Columbia TriStar Television Distribution and is distributed in syndication by Columbia TriStar Television Distribution.


SOURCE: Columbia TriStar Television Distribution

Contact: Beth Jaffe of Columbia TriStar Television Distribution,
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