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Caitriona Balfe gives birth to baby boy: 'We are so grateful'

Caitriona Balfe welcomed her first child, a son, with her husband, Tony McGill. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
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Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Outlander star Caitriona Balfe is a new mom.

The 41-year-old actress recently welcomed her first child, a son, with her husband, Tony McGill.

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Balfe shared the news Tuesday on Instagram alongside a photo of her baby boy holding onto her finger.

"I've been off socials for a while as I was taking some time to enjoy cooking up this little human .... We are so grateful for this little soul .... that he chose us as his parents," Balfe captioned the post.

"I'm in awe of him already and can't help stare and wonder at all the possibilities of who he will become, where he will go and what he'll do on the big adventure of his life," she said.

Balfe expressed her gratitude that her son was "born into peace and safety" when so many other children aren't as lucky.

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"Right now he seems so small and fragile and I constantly think how grateful I am that I live in a place, in a time where he is born into peace and safety and yet at the same time I see so many in the world right now that aren't afforded that same privilege and opportunity ... who are born into famine or war and how unjust it is that the same safety isn't there for all children," she said.

Balfe encouraged her followers to join her in supporting World Child Cancer, Choose Love, UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other organizations helping children.

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Balfe's Outlander co-star Graham McTavish, who plays Dougal Mackenzie, was among those to congratulate Balfe in the comments.

"Congratulations Cait. Wonderful stuff! I know you may be tempted to name him Dougal but you must resist!!!! All the best to you, Tony, and your splendid wee man!" McTavish wrote.

Balfe plays Claire Fraser on Outlander, which will return for a sixth season on Starz in early 2022. The series co-stars Sam Heughan and Sophie Skelton.

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