CNN’s Clarissa Ward Welcomes Her Third Baby, Inigo Alexander Rumi Grainger Graf

A journalist who has been fearlessly reporting from the front lines of the war in Ukraine has joyfully welcomed her third child with her husband Philipp von Bernstorff.

Their newborn son, Inigo Alexander Rumi Grainger Graf von Bernstorff-Wotersen, will be affectionately called Iggy. He entered the world on Tuesday, May 23rd at 8:52 a.m. U.K. time, weighing a healthy 8 lbs.

Explaining her husband’s background, the London-based journalist shared, “My husband is from an old, aristocratic German family where they have verrrrrry long names!”

Overflowing with love (and sleep deprivation), the mother of three expressed her delight, saying, “Like both of his older brothers, Iggy was born with a shock of dark hair. So far, he’s incredibly mellow and cuddly and smells delicious. I have no idea how we are going to manage now that we are outnumbered with THREE boys,” she added with laughter. “But I know that we will find our rhythm, and I am so profoundly grateful.”

Caspar, 2, and Ezra, 5, are already part of the couple’s growing family.

Discussing her challenging pregnancy journey while covering the news in Ukraine, where she has spent over 12 weeks reporting since the war began in February 2022, the journalist emphasized the precautions taken for her safety and well-being.

“Obviously, it’s a different experience being back in Ukraine 20 weeks pregnant,” she shared. “I am not going to any frontline locations, and the team has gone to great lengths to locate all the perinatal facilities along our routes. It can still be quite challenging with the long drives and severe cold, and you have to be vigilant about self-care, but I remind myself that thousands of Ukrainian women are living this experience every day.”


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The journalist expressed her family’s excitement about the new addition. “The fact that we are having a third boy is thrilling and a little bit petrifying. I will be heavily outnumbered, and my boys have SO much energy!” she shared. “But we are beyond excited.”

Reflecting on her personal desire for a large family, she added, “I think partly because I am an only child, I have always really loved the idea of having a big family. And boys always love their mamas.”