Kennedys have baby daughter in Galloway hospital

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Kennedys have baby daughter in Galloway hospital Kennedys have baby daughter in Galloway hospital

GALLOWAY – Nora Kara Kennedy, daughter of Amy and Patrick J. Kennedy of Brigantine, was born at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 18¼ inches.

Mother and daughter were reportedly doing well.

Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy and his wife, Amy Kennedy, announced the birth at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“Amy and I are thrilled to welcome Nora to our family and are thrilled that both mom and baby are doing very well today,” Patrick Kennedy said in a statement. “Harper and Owen are so excited to meet their baby sister.”

He said it is an important year for the Kennedy family, especially the week marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“As we celebrate the birth of our daughter alongside our wonderful families, we honor the memories of those never far from our thoughts and turn a bittersweet time a whole lot sweeter,” Kennedy said. “We want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of AtlantiCare and everyone who has sent their good wishes. We feel truly blessed.”

Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s 1st District. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and their three children.

Amy Kennedy is a sixth-grade teacher. She was born and raised in Absecon and is an alumnus of Penn State University. 

She married Patrick July 15, 2011.

The daughter of two teachers, Amy has a daughter Harper, five, from a previous marriage, and she and Patrick have a son, Owen, 18 months.

In Congress Patrick Kennedy championed dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, according to a news release. In 2008 he co-authored and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act along with his late father, Sen. Edward Kennedy. The legislation, signed into law in 2008, provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment.

After leaving Congress, Kennedy co-founded One Mind for Research, dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders. In October 2013 he launched The Kennedy Forum to unite the community of mental health and urge today’s policy makers to seize the moment on behalf of those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and addictions.

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