This Morning’s Sharon Marshall has spoken out about her difficult IVF journey following the birth of her baby.
The resident Soap Queen gave birth to her little girl on July 9 this year, after trying seven rounds of IVF with her partner Paul Fletcher.
She said the clinic was so full of hope she felt she could not cry in front of the other hopefully mothers in the IVF clinic, and did not tell anyone at work until late This Morning writer Denise Robertson spotted something was wrong.
Sharon told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I wanted to be honest about this because ever since I announced it, and I’m 46, I had so many messages from women asking about IVF.
"I didn’t want to pretend I naturally became pregnant at 46… I remember feeling so isolated that I was the only one going through this.
"I just wanted to say you feel so isolated, almost embarrassed, no one talks about fertility, but it wasn’t until the sixth go that we told out friends who then told us about their losses."
She said she and her partner had seven rounds of IVF, but one girl she spoke to in the clinic had 25 rounds before getting pregnant, but said the atmosphere in the clinic made it hard to admit when things were difficult.
Sharon said: "I told very few people at the start, it’s strange, I noticed in pregnancy we have a great NCT group … there’s so much support on the NHS about baby blues and so much help but you can’t ask someone in the clinic… it’s so intrusive and no one talks.
"If you get bad news you don’t show it, you just walk out of the clinic without saying anything."
She added: "You feel that when we’d had the bad news you go straight out the door and you try not to cry in front of any one.
"There’s so much hope in that clinic and people have put their life savings into this. It’s all pictures of babies and thank you notes to the surgeon.
"You don’t want to give bad news to those other women but then you don’t tell anyone."
Sharon also described the devastating blow when, on her first round, she believed she was pregnant, but only discovered at the scan she had a blighted ovum, meaning there was no baby growing.
She said: "We got pregnant on the very first go and I don’t want to scaremonger, this is really rare what happened to us, but we had something called a blighted ovum… we thought everything was OK and we got to the scan and it was bad luck, looking back…
"There was something wrong with the embryo, we thought we were there and we’d got it but it was a big shock.
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"I stupidly kept it to myself and went to work the next day and we just kept silent. It took months and months to… gee myself up and give it another go."
Sharon also recalled a horrific moment where she found out a round had not worked, but then had to do a segment on This Morning about the "bonniest baby in Britain" and broke down in the studio.
Eventually, Sharon confided in Dr Chris, the resident doctor on the show, and told him when she became pregnant before Christmas.
The presenters hugged the newest addition to the This Morning family along with Sharon as she told her sad story, during which she became tearful so Phil passed her a tissue.
This Morning airs at 10.30am weekdays on ITV.
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