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Friday, 31 January, 2003, 12:31 GMT
Schiffer gives birth to first baby
Claudia Schiffer poses for the cameras
Claudia Schiffer is a much-photographed woman
Supermodel and actress Claudia Schiffer has given birth to a baby boy by Caesarean section, it has been announced.

The baby - who is yet to be named - is the first child for both Schiffer, 32, and her husband, British film producer Matthew Vaughn, who was at her side for the birth.

Both parents are utterly thrilled at the birth of their first child

Claudia Schiffer's spokeswoman

Her spokeswoman said the baby weighed in at seven lbs (3.17 kg) and was in good health.

Schiffer, originally from Germany, gave birth at London's exclusive Portland Hospital, a favourite with celebrity mums.

"Both parents are utterly thrilled at the birth of their first child and both mother and baby are doing very well," said a spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman said Schiffer had wanted a natural delivery but had a Caesarean on the advice of her doctors.

"Claudia crushed one of her feet in an accident in November and has been on crutches ever since so doctors advised her against a natural delivery," she said.

Cover star

Schiffer tied the knot on 25 May last year, after being with the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels producer for 16 months.

Vaughn, who also produced Snatch with Guy Ritchie, acted as best man for the director at his wedding to Madonna.

Schiffer, a cover star on 550 magazines in the last 15 years, was previously engaged to magician David Copperfield for six years.

She remains a prominent figure in Germany, helping present the winning bid to host the 2006 World Cup.

The German media constantly speculate she is among the wealthiest German women of her generation, earning an estimated 35,000 per day.

Forbes magazine once put her net worth at about $55m (38m).

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