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Kara DioGuardi Welcomes Baby Boy

2/1/2013 11:12am EST

Kara Dioguardi

Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is a new mother after welcoming her first child via surrogate.

The songwriter and her husband Mike McCuddy are now the proud parents of little Greyson James Carroll McCuddy.

A gestational surrogate gave birth to the baby boy in Los Angeles on Thursday, DioGuardi tells

The 42-year-old star gave her son the middle name Carroll in honor of her late mother.

DioGuardi turned to a surrogate following a series of fertility issues and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts, and she recently praised the unidentified woman, insisting, "She's given us an incredible gift."

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