Marcia Cross: desperate to be a mom

If you've ever seen Marcia Cross as perfectionist Bree Van De Kamp on Desperate Housewives or as the vengeance-crazed Dr. Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place, you'd think, "Wow, that's a lady who gets what she wants." Upon meeting her husband, stockbroker Tom Mahoney, at the age of 42, Cross definitely knew what she wanted – a baby.

"Even before I was 30, I started thinking about [motherhood]," Cross has said. "The years started going by and I was anxious about the clock ticking." Before falling in love with Mahoney, Cross had at one point considering adoption. She also tried getting pregnant via a sperm donor. When she knew she'd be getting married, she didn't waste any time. Cross knew that she would need help conceiving. In fact, the couple opted out of a romantic honeymoon and instead began fertility treatments right after their wedding.

Cross has been noted for her openness in speaking about her infertility, calling much-needed attention to the fact that a woman's fertility sharply declines past 40. "It's very, very difficult to get pregnant in your 40s," the actress admitted. "I don't like the average woman being misled into thinking that fertility is something that goes on forever."

Cross also spoke out about the use of donor eggs among older women trying to conceive. "When a woman gets older, they get donor eggs, which doesn't make the baby any less beautiful or perfect. One's own eggs only last so long."

Though she has neither confirmed nor denied whether she herself used donated eggs, Cross definitely beat the odds, becoming pregnant with twins through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at the age of 44. Fraternal twin daughters Savannah and Eden were born on February 20, 2007. To Cross, having babies later in life was "like a miracle... I didn't think it would happen."

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