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Richie Sadlier Has Important Discussion About IVF Struggles On The Tommy Tiernan Show

Richie Sadlier Has Important Discussion About IVF Struggles On The Tommy Tiernan Show
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Richie Sadlier gave a remarkable interview on The Tommy Tiernan Show last night, opening up on the struggles he and his wife Fiona went through before the arrival of their son Sam last month.

The couple had been down a long and arduous arduous road in their attempts to start a family. They would undergo four cycles of IVF treatment in recent years, none of which resulted in pregnancy. Amazingly, their first child would then be conceived naturally.

Sam was born last month, with the RTÉ pundit sharing an emotional message on Instagram at the time.


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Richie Sadlier opens up on experiences with IVF 

Richie Sadlier appeared on The Tommy Tiernan Show last night, having an open and frank discussion around how the struggles to conceive a child affected him and his wife over the years. He also described the emotion they felt when they unexpectedly fell pregnant by natural means.




I've held lots of babies before, my nieces and nephews. They're great and they're tiny little things, but I never knew what it would be like to hold one of my own. For years, we thought we couldn't and wouldn't.

I've had years of wanting to be a dad and just expecting that as soon as meeting someone that I wanted to be a parent with, and they wanted to be a parent at the same time, we would have kids. That's just the way it's going to go.

That's not the way it went for us. We had years of wondering 'maybe we won't, maybe we never will, but we really want to so lets keep trying'. We were thinking 'do we need to strop trying', all this kind of craic.

We did a round of IVF every year for four years. Nothing worked...

Every time we did them we thought 'brilliant, this is going to work'. We were convinced it would work all the time, it never entered our heads that it wouldn't. It never did.

I knew it was expensive and that's all I knew. What I didn't know was the heartache of it not working. I completely underestimated that...

On our third wedding anniversary last year, Fiona said she was a couple of days late. She did a test and was pregnant. We thought 'how did this happen', we were told it couldn't happen naturally. We were also told, for different reasons, that if we did get pregnant using Fiona's eggs there was a higher chance of foetal abnormality.

Every scan was a big event, but every scan went really well...

I've forgotten about (the stress). I'm reminded of it now because we're chatting about it. He was born on a Friday.

I'm only recently at the stage where I can say the phrase 'my son' without crying. Every time I talk about it or think about it in any depth, I kind of get like this.

When he came out, all that other shite we had gone through, none of that matters now. It just doesn't matter...

I'm going to have to get used to talking about him without crying. We called him Sam. His two granddads are both called John, so John is the middle name.

His name is Sam John Sadlier, and he's the most perfect thing they'd ever see.

It was a remarkable interview, one which broached an important subject in society that is still considered difficult to discuss by many.

As a result, the former Ireland international received a huge amount of praise for his appearance on the show.


Brilliant stuff.

The couple deserve nothing but happiness after what they've been through over the last few years.

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