Cruise, Holmes Welcome Baby Suri

In this photo obtained from TV news magazine Inside Edition, actor Tom Cruise surprised Yahoo employees by bringing his girlfriend Katie Holmes onstage and showing off her very pregnant belly at the company's quarterly Influential Speakers Event. Tuesday, March 21st, at Yahoos Sunnyvale, California headquarters. (AP Photo/Jimmy Duvall) AP

The silent birth heard around the world has finally happened.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the public lovebirds dubbed TomKat by the media, had a baby girl Tuesday, said Cruise spokesman Arnold Robinson.

Suri Cruise came into the world at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches long. Her name has its origins in Hebrew, meaning "princess," or in Persian, meaning "red rose," Robinson said in a statement.

"Both mother and daughter are doing well," the publicist said.

People magazine's editor-at-large Jess Cagle tells CBS News' The Early Show that Suri was born in a hospital. Despite all of the media surrounding Cruise's home in Beverly Hills, the couple were able to leave the house, get to the hospital, and come back home without anyone knowing, Cagle says.

Details about the birth weren't disclosed, but it had been planned to take place as a silent procedure under the tenants of the Church of Scientology, to which both Cruise and Holmes belong.

Scientologists believe words spoken during times of pain are recorded by the "reactive mind" and can cause potential problems for both mother and child.

Suri's birth generated a huge noise among the world of Cruise-Holmes watchers.

"Yay, yay, yay," said actress and fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley. "Bring her over so I can meet her."

"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno announced the birth to his studio audience.

"I just got a phone call that Tom Cruise had a baby girl about two minutes ago. No joke," he said.

Suri is the 27-year-old actress' first child. Cruise, 43, has an adopted daughter and son with his ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

In an ironic twist of fate, Suri was born on the same day actress Brooke Shields gave birth to her daughter Grier Hammond Henchy.
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