12-18% of couples in the u.s. suffer from infertility. 1 the road to parenthood is sometimes bumpier than expected, and that is okay. if you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. in vitro fertilization (ivf) is a treatment that many women choose to undergo in order to conceive. here are 5 celebrities and their success stories with ivf.
chrissy teigen has become one of the most well-known celebrities to come forward about her experiences with infertility. she used ivf to have both of her children, luna and miles. “i think hearing success stories gives people hope. i am all for talking about ivf,” chrissy stated on instagram. 2 throughout her experience with ivf, she received backlash on social media but was always able to respond with an admirable confidence. for example, she received criticism from many people after being open about the fact that she and her husband, john legend, chose the sexes of both of their children. she responded by stating that she “made a mistake in thinking people understood the process better than they do” on twitter. 2 she also joked about the situation, saying that she “also picked the embryo with a taste for bacon, a knack for magic and size 7 feet so she can always find shoes.” 2 chrissy’s confident humor and openness has made her a great role model to families facing the struggles that come with infertility.
before successfully becoming a mother, courteney cox had a difficult road to motherhood. she had “a lot of miscarriages” before finally being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that causes blood clots and can lead to pregnancy loss. 3 this was a very stressful time for courteney, who was filming for the tv show friends at the same time. eventually, she decided to try in-vitro fertilization. courteney gave birth to her daughter coco after 2 rounds of ivf treatment in 2004. 4 she was ecstatic and now enjoys the life of motherhood with her now-16 year old daughter.
celine dion is yet another celebrity who has been open about her path to motherhood using ivf. in 2001, she gave birth to her first son, rene-charles, using ivf. 2 she was in her early 30s at the time. but when she tried again in her 40s, things proved to be a little more difficult. she endured 6 rounds of ivf and a miscarriage before giving birth to her twin sons, nelson and eddy. 5 her oldest son is now 19 years old and her younger sons are now 10 years old. celine dion’s beautiful family is a great example of a successful ivf story.
in her book “down came the rain,” brooke shields opened up about her experiences with ivf. 2 she first started ivf at 36 years old and went through many unsuccessful rounds and a miscarriage before giving birth to her first daughter, rowan, in 2003. 3 she shed light on the difficult parts of the ivf process, encouraging women not to give up when things are harder than expected. after this, she ended up giving birth naturally to her second daughter, grier, in 2006. 2 she now has a beautiful family with 2 daughters who are now aged 17 and 14, and she owes this success to ivf.
in her memoir “becoming,” michelle obama revealed that she conceived her two daughters using ivf. 6 when trying to conceive naturally, michelle had a miscarriage that took an emotional toll on her and barack. after this, they decided to try ivf and successfully had their first daughter, malia obama, in 1998, 20 years after the first ever ivf baby was born. 6 they then went on to have their second daughter, sasha obama, in 2001. 7 nowadays, michelle is a role model to women across the country, so her speaking out on her own struggle with infertility can help inspire women to seek treatment for their own infertility issues. additionally, infertility has discrepancies among different races, with white women being more likely to pursue ivf treatment. 6 michelle’s speaking out can help show minority women that ivf can be an option for anyone!