One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton was absolutely over-the-moon upon welcoming her second child with husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan last month. But the journey that the couple had leading up to the birth of their L.O. was certainly a challenging one. Burton took to Instagram yesterday, Tuesday, March 6, to share the first photos of her daughter George Virginia Morgan—as well as a powerful message about fertility struggles.
"It took a long time for Jeffrey and I to have this baby,” Burton, who also shares almost 8-year-old son Gus with Morgan, wrote alongside the sweet photos of her newborn. “The first time I got pregnant, it took a year and a half. I surprised him on Christmas with baby 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. 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. 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.”
Burton went onto share that because of the heartbreak they had endured with their pregnancy loss, she didn't want to "celebrate for fear of jinxing it." She explained, “I didn’t want a baby shower. I checked her heartbeat every day, up until the day she was born. 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.”
The actress also offered words of empathy and hope to women who find themselves facing fertility challenges. "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,” Burton wrote. “If anything, my wish is that she would restore hope for others. 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.”
Commenters responded with positive, supportive remarks like, "This is beautiful and true and honest and filled with so much love! Thank you @hilarieburton for sharing your story and thank for loving on women who are walking through the same journey. Infertility is hard, but it is getting less lonely because we are being encouraged to band together and love one another through it. And congratulations!" Another wrote, "I love you @hilarieburton, thank you for being so transparent and that baby is beautiful!!!! That is all."
That transparency is exactly what we could use more of. Women who struggle with conception, pregnancy loss, and the physical and emotional tolls of both deserve to know they are not alone and that there is hope. Props to Burton for including that important, incredibly heartening message alongside her baby announcement.
Congratulations to the beautiful family of four!