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Patrick and Amy Kennedy announce birth of daughter

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For Immediate Release: 

November 19, 2013
Nora Kara Kennedy arrived at 3:11 p.m. weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces
and measuring 18 ¼ inches long; Mother and daughter are doing well
Pomona, NEW JERSEY – Today, Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) and his wife, Amy Kennedy, announced the birth of their daughter Nora Kara Kennedy. She arrived at 3:11 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and measuring 18 ¼ inches long at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus, Pomona, New Jersey. Both mother and daughter are doing well. Following the birth of their daughter, Patrick and Amy Kennedy issued the below statement.
“Amy and I are thrilled to welcome Nora to our family and are thrilled that both mom and baby are doing very well today.  Harper and Owen are so excited to meet their baby sister. This is an important year for the Kennedy family, especially this week as we remember 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. We want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of AtlantiCare and everyone who has sent their good wishes. We feel truly blessed.”
Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Rhode Island’s First District. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife Amy and their three children. Amy Kennedy is a sixth grade teacher. She was born and raised in Absecon, New Jersey, and is an alumnus of Penn State University.  She married Patrick J. Kennedy on July 15, 2011. The daughter of two teachers, Amy has a daughter Harper, five, from a previous marriage and she and Patrick are also parents to son Owen, 18 months. In Congress Patrick Kennedy championed dozens of bills to increase understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. In 2008, he co-authored and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act along with his late father Senator 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. For more information, please visit www.patrickjkennedy.net, www.thekennedyforum.org, or follow @PJK4brainhealth on Twitter.

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