Laura Ling and fellow American journalist Euna Lee made worldwide headlines when they were arrested in March 2009 after crossing into North Korea. They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in June but released in August after appeals from sister Lisa Ling – the former host of The View – and past president Bill Clinton.
Sitting in a prison cell in North Korea last summer, Laura was coming to terms with the idea that she might never have children. Now a year later and safely back at home, she’s about to welcome a daughter.
Laura, 33, opens up to People about the pregnancy.
It wasn’t exactly planned, but you get separated from your husband for five months, not knowing if you will ever see him again and certain things happen!”
Laura and husband Iain Clayton, 43, are expecting their first child in a few weeks, and couldn’t be happier.
“We feel like this child is a miracle,” she says. “I had pushed [motherhood] off for so long, I was so focused on my career, even though I knew my husband was ready. And so the fact that we had the opportunity to try, and it even happened … it’s such a blessing.”
Have they picked out any names? “We are going to name her Li, after Lisa,” Laura says. “She’s really excited to be an aunt.”
Congratulations to the Ling-Clayton family!