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Les Miserables Star Hugh Jackman on Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption
a blog by Claire, December 19, 2012
Actor Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness are no strangers to the heartache of infertility and pregnancy loss. In an interview with Katie Couric on December 18, 2012, Jackman opened up about personal experiences with miscarriage and the joy of adoption.
The couple used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy, but suffered several miscarriages. “Until you go through it, you don’t realize it’s not talked about a lot,” said the Les Miserables star of infertility.
Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age while as many as 20% of pregnancies end in early miscarriage.
Jackman and Furness later adopted their two children, Oscar (12), and Ava (7). “To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. We didn’t know where in the process that would happen, but biologically, obviously, we tried and it was not happening for us,” Jackman revealed to Couric.
He admits there was a grieving process and the experience was not an easy one. Like most couples going through infertility and miscarriage, they experienced frustration and sadness. Becoming parents, however, relieved some of the emotional turmoil. “The moment Oscar was born all the heartache melted away,” he continued, “You can’t prepare for that moment, nothing can prepare you.”
Jackman’s recognition of the infertility and miscarriage struggle is admirable. For women and men struggling to find the support they need, Fertile Thoughts can provide comfort and anonymity- just the right combination to help them cope as they try to build their families.
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