We caught up with This Morning's resident medical expert and new mum Dr Zoe Williams to celebrate Mother's Day. She joined co-star and fellow doctor, Sara Kayat, for the OK! exclusive where the pair spoke about their journey's into motherhood.
Zoe was open and generous with her story. She held nothing back and revealed that she had frozen her eggs before meeting her partner Stuart – with whom she shares 9 month old Lisbon.
When we asked what becoming a mum had meant to her, Zoe said: "There's a big sense of relief. I was planning to go it alone before I met Stuart, as I’d wanted to be a mum for about a decade but I hadn’t met the right partner."
She continued: "I was starting to feel fearful that I’d spend the rest of my life not being a mum, and I wasn’t sure how that would work, so I had my eggs frozen a few years ago. Of course there are other options like adoption that I definitely would have looked at."
Zoe met her partner Stuart in 2019. The pair connected by chance at a bar in Lisbon, which subsequently became the inspiration behind their baby boy's name.
Lisbon Lion Williams-McKay arrived on 31 May 2021 and was delivered by Stuart before the midwives could get to their home in South London.
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This year will mark Zoe's first Mother's Day since Lisbon was born. When we asked what her plans were, she laughed and said she'd "be happy with a lie-in and breakfast in bed."
She explained: "Stuart and I are both pretty last-minute, he probably hasn’t even thought about it yet."
Zoe added that this year will be a significant one for her in other ways too.
"For the first time, Mother’s Day will be less thinking about my mum and more thinking about me," she revealed.
Zoe's mum – who she dubbed "incredible" – sadly passed away in 2017 after a long battle with alcohol addiction.
"My mum raised me and my brother as a single parent and was incredible. She was a role model in my early stages but our relationship shifted as I got older. I missed having the close mother-daughter bond my uni friends had as she was unwell for a long time before she passed away."
Click here to read our full exclusive interview with Dr Sara and This Morning co-star Dr Zoe.
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