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Can I write,
(a) He was happy because he got / gets a baby girl.
(b) He was happy because he has /had a sister.
(c) He was happy because he got / gets a baby.
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You're wrong in assuming that
I had a little girl

means only
I gave birth to a little girl
>I respectfully suggest that you be a little more certain about how native speakers express these ideas before you correct them.
Same here.
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A doctor would ask a woman how many children she had had - particularly if she was a new patient
Oh for God's sake!

We had been talking about conversational English among people discussing their families. Now you take your "correction" to our suggestions and after being told it's NOT natural in conversational English, you find a setting for it. Does the moon need to be ascending in Capricorn for this to work too?

And in fact, a doctor would ask "How many pregnancies have you have? And how many live births? Vaginal or Cesarean?"

We welcome your contributions to the forum, but PLEASE accept that sometimes there are other people who can provide more natural conversation based on the way we've been speaking our entire lives.
>A doctor would ask a woman how many children she had had - particularly if she was a new patient
for a female, this means both birth and possession, in this medical context more about birth
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Please calm down - I am only trying to share ideas - sometimes things are not always as black and white as they seem. And if it leads to meaningful discussion, then so much the better - I thought that's what we're here for.
If I have caused anyone offence I unreservedly apologise.
Thanks for you all share your all opinions. I'm glad that we can share the different ideas here.
By the way,
Can I say,
He was happy because he had a new born /new-born baby girl.
He was happy because he had a new born /new-born baby girl

I like it
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You can say "new-born" if you want to. You can also say "new baby girl." (No one will think that it was a replacement for the "old" one.)
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