Burns survivor Turia Pitt has given birth to a baby boy after a much publicised first pregnancy.
Pitt, 30, and her fiance Michael Hoskin announced the arrival of Hakavia Hoskin via Pitt’s regular newsletter on Friday.
“We’ll be in this little newborn bubble for a few weeks but we wanted to pop our heads out for a moment to share the news directly with you,” she wrote.
‘We are totally in love, and just so stoked!” she said.
A delighted Pitt later posted two photographs on Twitter saying, “Welcome to the world Hakavai Hoskin”.
Hakavai is a word in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe, that means “will be”.
Welcome to the world Hakavai Hoskin 💙 pic.twitter.com/xzsTZP6p5E
— Turia Pitt (@TuriaPitt) December 8, 2017
On December 6, Pitt posted a photo of the happy couple on social media, saying “we’re frothing to meet you Baby Hoskin”.
And earlier in the week the motivational speaker and author said “who needs a basketball with a bump like this”.
— Turia Pitt (@TuriaPitt) December 4, 2017
It is six years and 200 operations since Pitt, then 24, suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body in a bushfire in Western Australia in 2011 while competing in a 100 kilometre ultra marathon which nearly killed her.
She lost seven fingers, endured six months in hospital and spent two years in recovery.
In a November 30 blog, Pitt wrote that people were asking her whether she was “nervous” about the birth.
“As my due date gets closer, more people have been asking how I’m feeling about the birth.
“With any big change approaching, there’s a certain element of uncertainty. And when you know that you’re going to experience pain, that can be pretty scary.
She said she was “re-framing” how she approached the birth in much the same way as she did before every major surgery she has endured.
“I write a list of all the bad things that could happen – it’s going to hurt, I don’t know if I can do it, what if I can’t handle the pain.
“Then I write a list of all the good things – how grateful I am to still be here, to have a beautiful partner like Michael, and to get to experience this. How cool it will be to meet my son. That one day I’ll be able to watch him surfing, diving and hanging with Michael.
“I could look at it in the negative way, or the empowering way.
“If I look at it in the empowering way, I feel better – so that’s the way I choose,” she wrote.