Congratulations are in order for Fox Sports personality, Erin Andrews, and her husband, former NHL player, Jarret Stoll. The couple recently welcomed their first child via surrogate after undergoing several years of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. It has been a long and winding road, but they’ve made it!
According to Page Six, Andrews and Stoll welcomed the baby a few weeks ago – they celebrated their baby shower in June – and are naming their little boy Mack. The news comes just a few years after Andrews started detailing her struggles through the IVF treatment process, which lasted nearly a decade.
Erin Andrews was 35 years old when she began that process, but she didn’t start opening up about her personal experience with it until 2021 – she was 43 years old at the time. She made the announcement in an essay on her blog, where she detailed the tug-of-war that erupted between her work schedule and IVF.
“How am I going to juggle this treatment on top of my work schedule? I got so stressed out… It really makes you question: is it the future of my family or is it my job?” she wrote in 2021 – adding she didn’t want to keep it a secret any longer because it’s ‘just a part of our lives’ and nothing to be ashamed of.
She further explained the emotional and physical toll IVF treatment has on the body, but also the financial aspect of it. “It’s a ton of money, it’s a ton of time, it’s a ton of mental and physical anguish. And more times than not, they’re unsuccessful,” she said. In their case, they were unsuccessful for 10 long years.
In 2023, she provided an update on their journey in an interview with Us Weekly. She described the process as ‘one of the most challenging things in my life,’ but confirmed that she and her husband were ‘doing well’ as they continued to creep towards parenthood. Their patience and resilience have paid off.
And while her husband questioned her being so open about the process, she knew she had a story to tell and it’s one that many people can relate to these days. While she admits she doesn’t need to provide every detail, she acknowledged the importance of helping others discover they’re not alone in their fight.
Erin Andrews Proves That Laughter is Sometimes the Best Medicine
In her interview with Us Weekly in January 2023, Erin Andrews detailed how laughter and humor helped her cope with years of unsuccessful IVF treatments. While she initially felt embarrassed and ashamed by her experience with infertility, being open about her journey helped her stay positive through the anguish.
“Finding humor in it and finding comfort and being vocal with it about your friends [helps]. Because a lot of times they don’t know how to bring it up. They don’t know if you’re going through a bad day or a good day. A lot of times I’ll just be like, ‘Yeah, this sucks,’ or, ‘This is awesome, we got great news,’” she said.
Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll becoming parents for the first time marks the end of a tumultuous decade for the couple – not only did they struggle through the IVF process, but Andrews was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016. She underwent two surgeries and was cancer-free one year later.
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The diagnosis helped put things into perspective for the couple – who started dating in 2012, but didn’t get engaged until December 2016 (a few months after the diagnosis). They got married 7 months later. Now, Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll can finally settle down and turn their focus to their little boy, Mack.
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