With infertility being such a statistically common problem in many couples’ lives, there are a number of celebrities that have gone through their struggles with infertility under the spotlight. Many of these celebrities have taken these opportunities to speak out about their struggles by supporting various infertility support groups, serving as spokespersons, and also authoring books. Here is a short list of some celebrities that have been brave enough to share their infertility journey with the world. . .
Sarah Jessica Parker & husband Matthew Broderick –Actors
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have surrogate twins – Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, after facing problems in conceiving a sibling for their son James Wilkie Broderick.
Courteney Cox –Actress
“Friends” star, Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette had a healthy baby girl, Coco, in 2004 after many years of IVF treatment. Before conceiving her healthy daughter, Courteney had suffered several miscarriages due to immunity problems.
Mariah Carey –Singer
Mariah Carey explained during an interview with Barbara Walters, that she used progesterone supplements to help her conceive her twins with husband, comedian Nick Cannon.
Giuliana Rancic –Host on E!
The E! Host has been extremely public about her struggles with IVF and miscarriages. Even after battling breast cancer and a double mastectomy, Rancic has said, “I’m not going to give up. I want that baby … That baby will have saved my life.”
This year Giuliana and her husband Bill Rancic were happy to announce they are expecting a baby through the use of a surrogate.
Jane Seymour –Actress on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”
Jane Seymour went through IVF to conceive her twins, after having two miscarriages. Jane was almost 45 when she welcomed John Stacy and Kristopher Steven in 1995. John is named for family friend Johnny Cash, who was his godfather and Kristopher for Christopher Reeve, who was also his godfather. Their father is James Keach.
Jane also wrote a book about her struggles to get pregnant and her ultimate success using IVF to have twins.
Emma Thompson –Actress
Actress Emma Thompson gave birth to daughter Gaia in 1999, thanks to IVF. Emma suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and has spoken about her struggle to get pregnant, and her grief at being unable to have more children after Gaia.
The ER alum not only used IVF herself, she supports a charity to help women dealing with infertility called “HER Trust.” She said, “It didn’t surprise me that women were trying IVF so many times; there’s that need, and it ultimately overrides everything else.”
Marcia Cross is reported to have used fertility treatment to conceive. She has often spoken of the troubles and reality of becoming pregnant at the age of 44, saying,
“I don’t like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever. When a woman gets older, they get a donor egg, which doesn’t make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One’s own eggs only last so long, and sometimes at 43 or 44 you can have your own baby, but statistically it’s very difficult and expensive. You don’t want to wait that long.”
Brooke Shields –Actress
Brooke Shields and her husband Chris Henchy were also public about their use of fertility treatments to conceive for the first time. The result, (after a rumored seven IVF attempts), was the birth of their daughter, Rowan Francis. Unfortunately Brooke then suffered postpartum depression, but recovered to naturally conceive her second daughter, Grier Hammond. Her book, Down Comes the Rain, chronicles Brooke’s struggles with PPD and infertility.
Celine Dion –Singer
Celine Dion went through numerous fertility treatments before conceiving son Rene-Charles. She now has had 3 children through IVF- son Rene-Carles and twins Eddy and Nelson.
Cindy Margolis, known as “The Internet’s most downloaded woman,” suffered from unexplained infertility. After 3 unsuccessful IVF attempts, Cindy became pregnant using the GIFT procedure, and son Nicholas was born. When it came time for more children, Cindy and her husband went the surrogate route, welcoming twin daughter Sierra and Sabrina.
Cindy also published a book about her journey through infertility, and serves as a celebrity spokesperson for RESOLVE.
The Tony-nominated Broadway performer had a hard time trying to conceive, saying, “I felt so isolated and alone. It’s difficult to talk about, but I want other women out there to know that they are not alone; there is support.”
Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance struggled with infertility for years and finally welcomed twins via a surrogate in January 2006. The boy/girl set were named Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah.
Elisabeth openly chronicled her journey through infertility in online blogs and articles. In one of her posts she explained the frustrations associated with infertility, “It is devastating when you simply can’t do it the natural way and your body can’t function as you believed that it would during your whole young adult life.” Her entire blog is on People.
Dixie Chick sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have been open about using IVF to conceive their two sets of fraternal twins, as well as Emily’s son. Martie has daughters Kathleen and Eva, while Emily has son Gus, and twins Henry and Julianna.
Model Christie Brinkley suffered three miscarriages in the process of IVF until she was happily able to conceive her daughter. At 44, she gave birth to her daughter Sailor Lee. Christie’s husband at the time was Peter Cook.
The 46-year-old Indian actor and his wife Kiran Rao welcomed their baby boy, Azad, who was conceived through IVF and a surrogate mother.
Elton John and partner David Furnish’s son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish John, was born to a surrogate mother in 2010.
Late Pop king Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe gave birth to the singer’s two elder children, Prince Michael and Paris, during their three-year marriage. Jackson’s youngest child, Prince Michael II, was born to an unnamed surrogate.Contact SMF Today