Hilarie Burton Opens Up About 5-Year Struggle To Get Pregnant With Her 'Miracle Baby'

"I'd weep out of jealousy for how easy it was for them."

TV, movies, and even our loved ones make it seem like getting pregnant is easy, but that's not the case for so many couples. In fact, "about 12% of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means trying to get pregnant involves tons of costly procedures, needles, doctors appointments, and moments of despair for millions of couples in the U.S.

Because we don't often talk about the hardship of struggling with fertility issues, many celebrities have been using their platforms to open up about their own experiences. Most recently, 35-year-old actress Hilarie Burton took to Instagram to share photos of her newborn daughter, and reveal the five-year struggle she and her husband — The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan — went through to conceive her. 

"It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby," Burton wrote alongside photos of her newborn. "The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby [Seattle] Seahawk booties. We cried. We celebrated. We picked out names. And we lost that baby. More losses followed, and as so many couples know, it was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking."

Burton went on to explain something many couples who have struggled with infertility can relate to — it's hard to hear about other couples getting conceiving or having children. 

"And every morning of the five years it took us, I'd open my computer at the kitchen table and see the news and I'd grow bitter over the endless parade of celebrities showing off their bumps and babies. I'd weep out of jealousy for how easy it was for them," Burton wrote. "Didn't they know something could go wrong? Didn't they know that there were other women out there struggling? It pained me to see the corporate sponsored baby showers and magazine covers capitalizing on this human miracle that wasn't happening for us."

So, when Burton's pregnancy with her daughter started, she and Morgan were "cautious."

"I didn't want to celebrate for fear of jinxing it. I didn't want a baby shower. I checked her heartbeat every day, up until the day she was born," Burton wrote. "And now that she is here, I just stare at her in wonder all day. I see her in her daddy's arms and I don't take any of it for granted. She screams bloody murder and I smile because she is so wildly alive."

Their daughter, George Virginia Morgan, was born on February 16 and delivered by Morgan. Burton and Morgan also have a son named Gus, who turns 8 this month.

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"So now that folks know she's here, I don't want her birth to cause any other woman to weep at her kitchen table. If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others," Burton continued. "Fertility is a fickle thing. And for the other couples out there who have had dark days, we want to introduce our miracle baby to you and send you our love and support in finding yours."

Burton joins many other celebrities in speaking out about infertility. Both John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have openly discussed how challenging it was for them to get pregnant, as well as Gabrielle Union, Tyra Banks, and more. The more people who openly discuss their challenges with fertility, the more those still struggling will realize they're not alone. 

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