Meghan McCain's Adorable Baby Name Is As Patriotic As It Gets

On Sept. 28, 2020, Meghan McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech, welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Liberty Sage McCain Domenech, reported People. "Liberty" is a perfectly patriotic name for the granddaughter of the late John McCain, who was a senator, a presidential candidate, and a decorated U.S. Navy officer. The family's spokesperson confirmed that both Meghan and her daughter are "happy and healthy" following the delivery.

A year before she became a mom, Meghan tweeted: "I will probably end up naming a child Sedona or something," which makes sense since The View co-host grew up in Arizona. In a follow up tweet, she promised, "my children will not have waspy political people names ;)." 

Meghan's mom, Cindy McCain, tweeted about her granddaughter's arrival: "I'm so pleased to announce the birth of my third grandchild, Liberty Sage. A darling baby girl! I know John is looking down!" 

Meghan posted: "Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the wonderful well wishes and overwhelming kindness. Ben and I are completely and utterly in love with our daughter and feeling indescribably blessed/blissed out. We will be watching her first debate as a family together tonight!" While Meghan's message was on brand, it was a bit surprising that Meghan posted anything at all so soon after Liberty's arrival. Previously, she had explained that she would not be documenting her baby journey on social media — for an upsetting reason.

Meghan McCain kept her pregnancy private to avoid trolls

In May 2020, Meghan McCain tweeted, "People keep asking and requesting I show pics & details of my pregnancy. Given that people write on photos I put up of my family they are glad my Dad got cancer and he's in hell, I thought I would leave my unborn child out of the social media cess pool as much as is possible." Sen. John McCain died in August 2018, at age 81, following a battle with brain cancer. 

"Ben [Domenech] and I have made the conscious decision to guard our (growing) families privacy as much as is possible," she said, via Instagram. "I believe children have a right to privacy and hope you will all understand as we navigate this as much as possible going forward without sacrificing our comfort or safety." According to Meghan, "a bunch of inhumane jackasses have really ruined so much for so many on social media and I learned a lot of hard lessons about cruelty that comes with being open and vulnerable about my personal life during my Dad's cancer fight."

Meghan acknowledged the irony of her family's decision. "I know this is an unorthodox choice for a talk show host who is on tv five days a week — but I've always lived by the beat of my own drum." She also thanked social media users who have been kind to her.

Meghan McCain opened up about her 'horrendous' miscarriage

Meghan McCain married Ben Domenach in November 2017. By June 2018, she admitted to People that her mom, Cindy McCain, was ready to become a grandma. "She has never asked me before and then all the sudden she brings it up all the time," Meghan said, calling her mother's conversations both "hilarious and uncomfortable." Meghan's father, the late Sen. John McCain, was reportedly much more chill about the prospect of becoming a grandparent. "He's just like, 'Do whatever you want,'" she said.

In July 2019, Meghan revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage, writing an op-ed about it published in The New York Times. She described it as a "horrendous experience," sharing that she "would not wish it upon anyone." She admitted that she was initially "surprised" when she found out she was pregnant, which "swiftly turned to joy." Then, when she lost the baby, she blamed herself. "I blamed my age, I blamed my personality. I blamed everything and anything a person could think of, and what followed was a deep opening of shame," she said.

In March 2020, Meghan announced that she was pregnant again via Instagram. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she revealed that she would make her appearances on The View via satellite "as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19," which was what her doctors recommended

Meghan McCain's parenting goals have been inspired by Cindy and John McCain

In a June 2018 interview with People, Meghan McCain praised her "strong" mother, Cindy McCain. "She is truly the matriarch of our family and has kept everyone sane," Meghan said. 

She also dished on what it was like to have John McCain as a father. "I've been trying to figure out how he did it, because I don't have any regrets or any sadness or anything, except a really wonderful, beautiful feeling about our relationship and his role as my father, which I think is hard to pull off in general but especially when you have the kind of career he has had." 

"He pulled off being such a good dad," she said. "If I ever have kids, I want to figure out how he did it." Meghan's decision to name her daughter Liberty is a way to honor her mother and her late father and keep the family's patriotic legacy alive.