ABC Entertainment’s Article, “Courteney Cox ‘Revs Up’ for Second Baby at 45″

Earlier this week, one of my blog readers gave me head’s up about an October 19 ABC News Entertainment article by Luchina Fisher, titled “Courteney Cox ‘Revs Up’ for Second Baby at 45,” with a subhead of “Cox Latest Celeb Mom to Push Having Children Until Mid 40s.”  (Thanks, Robin.)

The article, which relies on Courteney’s comments to OK magazine and Good Housekeeping, reports that Cox said to OK, “We’re not trying yet.  We’re revving up the engines.  I’m only ready ‘cause time’s a-ticking.  If I was 34, I’d wait another year, because I like those three-to-four year gaps.  I want Coco to be helping me with the next one.  One child is hard.  Two is probably harder.”

Reading this, I wonder when OK’s interview with Courteney took place—and/or if she was misquoted, for several reasons. 

First, Coco turned 5 on June 13, meaning if Courteney got pregnant immediately, which, according to this article, she doesn’t intend to do, the gap between her children will be at least six years, not three to four.

Second, any woman who had to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) at age 39 to conceive would know that time was “a-ticking” then—six years ago.  Now, time has likely “tocked,” unless Courteney is planning to use:

  1. her own eggs, cryopreserved after her prior in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle(s) when she was 39;
  2. her and her husband David Arquette’s embryos, cryopreserved post-IVF when she was 39;
  3. donor eggs. 

And, even if Courteney and David are able to use her 39-year-old eggs or their six-year’s-frozen embryos, she still has a long shot at getting pregnant again, for 39-year-old eggs are—reproductively speaking—damn old. 

Further, the lead to Fisher’s ABC Entertainment article is “Courteney Cox made no secret about her struggles to conceive daughter Coco.  Now, at 45, she says she’s ‘revving up’ to have her second.”  Having “struggled to conceive” six years ago, at age 39, Courteney knows well that her odds are long now too. 

Even using previously cryopreserved eggs or embryos, she likely will still struggle as she did six years ago, because her eggs were 39 years old when they were retrieved from her.  On ice for six years, they’re still 39-year-old eggs.  So, Courteney would recognize that she’s not “revving up” to have her second child.  She’s “revving up” to try, to struggle again.

Fisher’s article doesn’t state whether Courteney was approached for comment.  The article doesn’t include any information from her, other than the quotes culled from other sources, which could have been inaccurate or have been her off-hand statements as part of larger non-infertility-related interviews, such as for articles about her new show Cougar Town.

Maybe I’m being naïve.  Maybe Courteney will clam up this time around, as so many other celebrities have done about how they achieved their reproductive successes—including the multitude of healthy twins born to celebrities well into their 40s.  But, having been so open six years ago, I would hope that she would continue to be, for there is no shame in needing reproductive help.  Or at least there shouldn’t be.

I hope I’m right.  That this writer didn’t approach Courteney for this age-related infertility article, specifically about her.  Or that Courteney was too busy to be interviewed, and the writer forged ahead, unwilling to wait until she was available.

So few celebrities have shared their battles with infertility or admitted that they had to use donor eggs, for example, to achieve their miraculous, late-in-life pregnancies.  And, when regular people hear over and over—from multiple media outlets—how these women, their role models, have been able to successfully delay childbearing, they think they have almost all the time in the world too.

And, none of us do. 

In the ABC Entertainment article’s second and final quote from Courteney—this one from her interview with Good Housekeeping—she says, “In vitro is a wonderful thing that people can do in this day and age, and I’m lucky enough to be able to afford it.”

And, most of the rest of us don’t have the insurance coverage to cover infertility treatments, nor can we afford the significant out-of-pocket costs to conceive once we’ve hit “advanced maternal age.”  So, we’ll end up in our 40s, having to adopt or childless.

If more celebrities were forthcoming about their struggles and solutions, millions of more women would be properly educated about their reproductive limitations.  And, educated, they could act.

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