Olympian Allyson Felix Welcomes Baby Number Two

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 19: Allyson Felix speaks on stage during “Building for the Female Athlete” panel on June 19, 2023 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images for Stagwell)

Allyson Felix, the celebrated Olympian known for her remarkable achievements on the track, has recently embraced a new milestone in her life’s journey. She has just welcomed her second child into the world alongside her husband, Kenneth Ferguson.

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Felix shared her overflowing joy as she introduced her son, Kenneth Maurice Ferguson III, affectionately known as Trey.

“We are overjoyed to welcome our son Kenneth Maurice Ferguson III, who we will lovingly call Trey,” she said.

Reflecting on her recent birthing experience, Felix revealed the profound significance it held for her. Drawing from her own past challenges, particularly a traumatic delivery with her first child, Felix articulated her desire for a birthing experience filled with joy and celebration.

“As a Black woman who already had been through a traumatic life-threatening delivery with my daughter, I desperately wanted a joyful birth experience I could celebrate,” she shared with PEOPLE.

Allyson Felix’s Motherhood Journey

Felix’s journey to motherhood has been marked by resilience and advocacy, themes that resonate throughout her recent experiences. In discussing her birthing journey, she emphasized the importance of feeling heard and supported.

“I had a doula who supported, guided and believed in me. I was able to have the unmedicated VBAC I deeply desired,” Felix explained.

Her personal experiences shape her commitment to advocating for Black maternal health. Felix’s advocacy extends beyond her own story, aiming to amplify the voices of marginalized women and championing systemic change.

“My birth experience inspires me to continue to advocate for Black maternal health and the outcomes we can achieve when we listen [to] and support women,” she remarked.

Already parents to their daughter Camryn, Felix and Ferguson eagerly anticipated the expansion of their family. Their journey into parenthood is led by a shared commitment to fostering a nurturing environment for their children.

Felix’s journey into motherhood hasn’t been without its challenges. In 2019, she found herself embroiled in a public dispute with her sponsor, Nike, over their maternity policy. Drawing from her own experiences, Felix courageously spoke out against the inequities faced by female athletes.

Her unwavering advocacy has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by the tangible changes sparked by her courageous stance.

“There have been so many women before me who had to stay silent about their fight… I hope that we’re really changing things,” she shared.