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Mindy Kaling is a mom

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Mindy Kaling named her daughter Katherine Swati Kaling.

By Globe Staff 

Ah, yes, a bundle of joy just in time for the holidays.

Mindy Kaling, the Cambridge native and star of “The Mindy Project,” has welcomed her first child — a girl — in Los Angeles. The baby, named Katherine Swati Kaling, arrived a few days ago, according to People, which has seen the birth certificate. The middle name honors Kaling’s late mother, who died of cancer in 2012.

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Kaling, who’s never ID’d the baby’s father, has said she’s very much looking forward to becoming a mom.

“One of the nice things about becoming a parent is that I’ll be able to openly criticize other parenting because I will have a child,” the 38-year-old Buckingham Browne & Nichols alum told a TV interviewer last summer.