Friday 2 December 2016

Miriam O'Callaghan on overcoming fertility battle: 'I feel blessed to have eight healthy kids'

Jane O'Faherty and Caitlin McBride

Published 08/01/2016 | 09:53

RTE Broadcaster Miriam O Callaghan during the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
RTE Broadcaster Miriam O Callaghan during the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2016 at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alannah McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Miriam O'Callaghan at the Young Scientists Exhibition
Jessica McGurk, who was conferred with a Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts from UCD with mother Miriam O' Callaghan. Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells

RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan has opened up about her own issues with fertility.

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The Prime Time presenter has eight children from ages nine to 29 and said she underwent fertility treatment after her first child Alannah and would encourage others to make their own choices when having childern.

“I always say I feel very lucky and blessed and privileged that I had eight healthy kids,” she said at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin. “Along the way, I did have fertility treatments but I would never, ever judge anybody else.”

"If more people in life let people make their own choices, I think we would have a much better world.

Jessica McGurk, who was conferred with a Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts from UCD with mother Miriam O' Callaghan. Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells
Jessica McGurk, who was conferred with a Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts from UCD with mother Miriam O' Callaghan. Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells

"After my first child, I couldn't get pregnant so I went to a gynecologist. I got three children in 10 months. I would always say I had fertility treatment because there are a lot of women out there who haven't been able to have kids so I don't take it for granted."

The popular broadcaster, who is married to Head of BBC Northern Ireland Steve Carson, said she never "set out to have eight children."

"But I didn't set out to have eight children. I really, really can't believe I have eight children. They are healthy and they are very grounded, so I'm lucky," she added.

Miriam also added her well wishes to new mother Georgia Penna (nee Salpa), who welcomed twin boys with her hedge fund manager husband Joe in December.

Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alannah McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Paul Costelloe with Miriam O'Callaghan and her daughter Alannah McGurk at the launch of Paul Costelloe Living Studio, an exclusive capsule womenswear collection for Dunnes Stores at The Dawson Brasserie. Photo: Kieran Harnett

"I am thrilled for Georgia and wish her all the best with her beautiful twins," she added. "They are a joy, I have twins too."

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