Celine Dion and Me, 41 and Pregnant with Our Second Children via IVF

The Associated Press just released a story that singer Celine Dion, 41, and her husband Rene Angelil, much older, found out yesterday that they are expecting their second child, conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF).  I, also 41, also learned yesterday that I am expecting my second (and maybe third) child, conceived by way of IVF with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).  Celine’s and Rene’s baby is due in May; my and my husband’s one or two baby boys will be due April 24, based on online due-dute calculators.

Thank you to both Celine and Rene for being open about the fact that they have used IVF to conceive both of their children–this year, when Celine is 41, and eight years ago, when Celine was just 33. 

Celine and I both already have sons, but mine is younger at 4, and I got pregnant with him as a 35-year-old single woman doing intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm.  It took seven tries before I had success.  And, of course, Celine and I are different in that I’m not famous.

Every man, woman or couple who is honest about his, her or their struggles with infertility helps educate others about this physical and psychological trauma that affects more than 7.3 million people in the United States alone.  I’m doing my tiny part with this blog.  But celebrities such as Celine can both generate awareness and reduce the stigma of infertility–among multi-millions. 

Good for you, Celine.

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