Actor Courteney Cox is getting real about her miscarriages and fertility struggles in her new Facebook Watch web series, 9 Months with Courteney Cox, which follows 10 couples with vastly different pregnancy experiences.
“I had a bunch of miscarriages,” Cox admitted on camera. “But I was lucky enough to have my little girl, Coco, who I had through IVF.”
Cox added that despite all the emotional and physical pain she experienced during her IVF journey more than 14 years ago, she feels “extremely thankful” and “blessed to have Coco.” Now, her hope is that she can help and inspire others who are having a difficult time conceiving.
“If I can share any light or give wisdom to somebody, or hope, of course, I would share anything I can,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I think that’s important.”
Cox’s docuseries, which streams Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET, aims to spark an honest discourse about all the complicated emotions that surround fertility and pregnancy.
“There is not an episode that I don’t cry,” she told ET. “It’s a story about ten different couples that are taking us through the journey of their pregnancy, and you deal with everything from cancer to alcoholism. I mean, you name it. Whether you can keep the baby, whether you should keep the baby, whether you wanted to get pregnant… you [get] this intimate look that’s not sensationalized.”
“I just love things that are real, and I think with this particular show people can relate to every part of it or any part of it,” she added later. “I think the stories are important to tell just because you want to know that you’re not alone, and it gives people hope. So it kind of brings people together.”
— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) January 22, 2019
Cox has been open about her fertility struggles for years. In 2004, she told NBC that she couldn’t carry a viable pregnancy due to a rare blood condition and that she and ex-husband David Arquette hoped to find success with IVF treatments. At the time, she was filming Friends and had to do the nearly impossible task of being lighthearted and funny while undergoing intense emotional pain.
“That was hard,” she told NBC. “Sometimes, like I remember one time I just had a miscarriage and Rachel was giving birth. It was like that same time. Oh my God, it was terrible having to be funny.”
Cox ultimately conceived in 2003, and she gave birth to her daughter on June 13, 2004, two days before her 40th birthday.
“I would love to have a baby now,” she told New Beauty in 2017. “I mean, I could carry someone else’s egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with [boyfriend Johnny McDaid], that is,” she said. “I know it’s crazy, but I would.”
Whatever she decides, it’s great to see a celebrity who’s normalizing discussions about fertility. The more we break down the stigmas surrounding miscarriages, IVF treatments, adoptions and abortions, the safer and more prepared everyone will be.