CELINE GIVES BIRTH

Published on: January 25, 2001

It's a boy for Celine Dion!

The singing sensation gave birth to her much- awaited child at 1:23 a.m. on Jan. 25.

The infant, named Rene Charles, weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, despite being born three weeks ahead of Celine's due date -- spoiling the Canadian superstar's dream of having a Valentine's Day baby.

The new mom was in labor for nearly 12 hours at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Fl. before Dr. Steven Pliskow decided to deliver the baby by Caesarean section.

"The doctor thought it was best to perform a Caesarean. But everything turned out just fine."

Present at the birth were Celine's husband Rene, her parents and one of her sisters, who flew in by private jet from their homes in Canada.

Celine's announced her pregnancy last summer after she underwent an in-vitro fertilization process.

Celine and her husband Rene opted for the procedure after he was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy treatments.

She recently revealed that she has a second embryo in frozen storage in New York and hopes one day to have another child.