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You might know Elisabeth Rohm.
Best as assistant DA Serena southern land on the popular TV series law and order.
But this morning she's opening up about something very personal her struggle with infertility.
And her desire to have a child her new book is called baby steps having -- child I always wanted just not as I expected actress Elizabeth.
He joins us now good morning thank you good morning to touching personal story and yet I can -- so profound and so important to get this message out.
I -- struggled with the idea not being able to have a child -- you want other women to start asking questions.
Yeah I act that the journey of writing the book really came from my blog my people.com blog which have done for about two and half years and I've always been a pretty private person since I became an actor -- but.
This blog was really transformative -- -- answer -- talking pretty candidly about my mothering my questions my issues as a parent.
And I remember reading an article that Nicole Kidman had contributed to talking very candidly about using surrogate.
And although I had actively decided not to talk about my IVF treatments and how I conceived Easton my daughter.
I was so moved by Nicole's honesty and it really touched me you know.
That I thought I need to say this why -- not talking about this what's the big deal there's nothing to hide right so I blog about it.
And there was this reaction I mean it candidate number one on Yahoo! for I don't know a good part of the day and thought I guess I'm not the only one.
You know had a statistic that's a little bit staggering -- out.
That's right and in fact in your book baby steps you write this those women who parade around with the perfect new baby and leave out the major -- -- that she did not.
In fact conceived naturally but had to do IVF I believe that is a sin of omission.
It is a lie and it hurts women as well.
Yeah I think ultimately writing -- blog in writing the book and having the most amazing hippie mother who is an advocate an activist.
I think we have to be as women be advocates of each other but what questions do you want women to ask when they go to their OBG -- -- I want but if this but can inspire women starting at age thirty.
To go to their OBG Ryan and say I wanna check my hormone levels I wanna check my ovarian reserve I -- Do that as a as an annual maintenance that I will do for myself for my body for it's a life insurance policy for your future kids you look at it like that if you wanna be a mother.
It's your responsibility here's the big question do you like in -- -- I love being on that and so -- -- the -- You've -- out at 34 that you had prematurely aging angst yes you say that came as a shock yes and that's why women should ask these questions well you know.
Unfortunately there is so conservative taboo and stigma associated with -- women not being able to have children naturally.
It's a very deep painful subject -- that I endured.
And I guess because it's what makes you divinely.
And instinctively -- feminine.
And when you can't do it naturally challenges yourself worked as a woman even if your career woman and you know you you -- that yourself.
So you know you have to battle those those feelings in in yourself and and and speak up for others because -- seventy to eighty million people in the world.
Have fertility issues and that's 50% men and 50% of women it's not a gender specific issue and that's why it's important a lot of people read your journey it's called baby steps holds the -- -- remind -- -- -- great.
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