(In the above pic Michelle was snapped at the 36th Daytime Emmy Awards on August 30th)
Thanks to the help of a surrogate, Michelle Stafford is expecting her first child this December.
Michelle, 43, known for her role as Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless, told People magazine that she relied on a surrogate after struggling through fertility treatments and surgeries.
“After a three-year journey through hell, I’m elated, ecstatic and feel ultimately lucky to be able to announce I’m expecting my own child via surrogate in December,” Michelle said in a statement.
She also confirmed that she’s expecting a girl.
Michelle, who is single, tried artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and also looked into adopting after deciding to start a family on her own. Four surgeries and three egg retrievals later, she finally arrived at the surrogate option. “I never wavered in my desire to be a mother,” she said. “But I did waiver on aspects of the process. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Michelle, who worked with Los Angeles-based IVF specialist Dr. Buylos and the surrogate agency Fertility Miracles, plans to be in the delivery room when her daughter is born in December. In the meantime, she’s already looking forward to a baby shower at the home of pal Kirstie Alley – and readjusting her take on the dating world.
“This entire process has been very, very difficult to do on my own,” Michelle shared, “and has made me realize the importance and reason for a partner.”
“Dating men and telling them I’m expecting in December is a little different,” she added. “I know I just need to find someone who wants the same things as I do.”