Tamron Hall Opens Up About Infertility and Her High-Risk Pregnancy
On the November 11, 2021, episode of People's "Me Becoming Mom" podcast, Tamron Hall, former "Today" show host and journalist, opened up about her fertility journey.
Hall, now 51, was 47 years old when she became pregnant with her son, Moses. She had struggled with infertility for years, trying in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the first time in her 30s with no success.
When they eventually did succeed, Hall and her husband, music executive Steven Greener, chose not to tell anyone she was pregnant. "I was terrified I would lose this baby and I would have to go back and tell everyone that now it was bad news, and after this pregnancy had gone so far," she told People shortly after Moses' birth in a May 2019 interview. "I was high-risk, not just because of my age, but there were other medical factors too."
"It was something I was keeping private for my own mental health, for my husband's mental health, and I needed to get through as much of the journey as possible, as healthy as possible, without outside influences," she explained.
It wasn't until Hall learned a tabloid was about to publish a story about her pregnancy that she finally announced it at 32 weeks. "I got a call from one of my team members who said to me that a tabloid had reached out and said that I was pregnant," Hall said. "I said to my team that this was my journey and I didn't want to cede that to others."
Hall took to Instagram to share the news with her 1 million followers. In the video announcement, she sings and dances to the popular children's song "Baby Shark," while holding a picture book of the same title against her belly.
"Surprise, guys! Can you believe it? I'm about to be a mommy shark very soon!" Hall said to the camera, as she moved the book away, revealing her belly.
The March 4, 2019, video was a spur-of-the-moment idea, Hall told podcast host Zoë Ruderman. "I remember hearing that little 'Baby Shark' song somewhere, I don't know where. And I ran upstairs and grabbed this dress, and my husband grabbed the phone, and I said, 'We're gonna do a visual baby reveal!' He's like, 'What are you doing? Are you nuts!'"
Less than two months later, Hall and Greener welcomed their son into the world. "I don't think you can ever overuse the word 'grateful,'" she said.
About 10 percent of women struggle with infertility. If you or a loved one are considering IVF, read more about what to expect here.