Courtney Cox has opened up about her own experience with infertility, revealing that she had multiple miscarriages before finally welcoming her daughter Coco, who is now 14, with ex-husband David Arquette.
"I had a lot of miscarriages, and I don't think that's something that people shouldn't talk about, because ... it was unfortunate but it happens" the 54-year-old actress said during an appearance on Busy Tonight with friend Busy Phillips.
Adding that she "didn't want to give up" on becoming a mum, Cox explained that she's sharing her story for an important reason: "I just think it's important to get things out there so people can realise they're not alone."
In an interview with NBC in 2004 while pregnant with Coco, Cox discussed that life had mirrored art - her Friends character Monica was struggling to conceive on the hit show at the same time as she and Arquette had their own infertility problems.
"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," she said at the time.
"It was really weird because everyone in my family has kids. I mean, they pop out like it's nobody's business. No one in my family has a problem. So to me, I just thought this would not be a problem at all."
Cox later learned that she had a rare anti-body in her blood that would attack the fetus. "So I decided to do in vitro and I did that twice," she said. "And then, give myself shots of heparin everyday -- that's a blood thinner. Take a baby aspirin."
Infertility is just one topic Cox tackles on her Facebook Watch web series, 9 Months with Courtney Cox, which follows the pregnancy journey of ten very different couples.
"There is not an episode that I don't cry," she told Entertainment Tonight.
"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."
Her comments come as the World Health Organisation launches their "Let's Talk" campaign, which shares stories of miscarriage and stillbirth from around the globe.
"Losing a baby in pregnancy through miscarriage or stillbirth is still a taboo subject worldwide, linked to stigma and shame," the WHO says. "Many women still do not receive appropriate and respectful care when their baby dies during pregnancy or childbirth."
But while women around the world have varied access to health care services there are common aspects to their stories.
"As varied as the experience of losing a baby may be, around the world, stigma, shame and guilt emerge as common themes," the WHO continues. "Women who lose their babies are made to feel that should stay silent about their grief, either because miscarriage and stillbirth are still so common, or because they are perceived to be unavoidable."
According to Sands, up to 1 in 4 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks, but many other women miscarry without having realised they are pregnant.
March 25 is Sands' inaugural "Say Their Name Day", a day of recognition, remembrance and connection intended to help reduce the stigma of pregnancy and infant loss by reinforcing the idea that every baby matters and deserves to be celebrated.
Today we celebrate our 1st national Say Their Name Day, a day of recognition, remembrance & connection helping to reduce the stigma of pregnancy & infant loss. Join us in proudly saying the name of baby special to you.#saytheirname #wordsmatter #babyloss #March25 #stillbirth pic.twitter.com/skSJhujFmu— Sands Australia (@SandsAustralia) March 24, 2019
You can find more information at sands.org.au.