Actress Julia Pace Mitchell has become a first-time mum.

The former The Young and the Restless star and her husband Stephen L. Hightower Ii welcomed a baby boy, named after his father, in the early hours of 22 May (13) in Middletown, Ohio.

Sharing a snap of little Stephen L. Hightower IiI wrapped in a blue blanket, Pace Mitchell tells, "Being new parents has brought us closer together, it's all about teamwork. Little Stephen is awesome. Being a mum is the greatest role I will ever play."

The couple married in 2011.