The actress revealed on Thursday that she had welcomed a baby girl, Oonagh Paige Heard.
"I’m so excited to share this news with you," Heard wrote on Instagram, sharing a pic of her and her daughter relaxing together. "Four years ago, I decided I wanted to have a child. I wanted to do it on my own terms. I now appreciate how radical it is for us as women to think about one of the most fundamental parts of our destinies in this way. I hope we arrive at a point in which it’s normalized to not want a ring in order to have a crib."
"A part of me wants to uphold that my private life is none of anyone’s business. I also get that the nature of my job compels me to take control of this," she added. "My daughter was born on April 8, 2021. Her name is Oonagh Paige Heard. She’s the beginning of the rest of my life."
A source tells ET that Heard "has wanted to be a mother for quite some time now."
"After her mom passed away, she was going through a hard time and was very sad. Her desire to become a mom grew even stronger and she wanted to make a big life change," the source shares, adding that the actress seeing her sister have a baby also made her realize she wanted a child of her own.
"Amber kept the news very private and only her inner most circle knew about the baby," the source says. "She had the baby via surrogacy because she was anxious about having a baby and any health complications that could arise in her body. She is so thrilled with how the surrogacy worked out and is beyond happy to be a mom."
ET's source adds, "She did this for herself and is feeling very confident. She named her daughter after her mom [Paige Parsons] and is so thrilled to be starting this new life chapter. She isn't bothered by negative comments she is receiving about the news."