|Elisabeth Rohm and daughter Easton|
We are seeing more and more older celebrities in their late 30s and late 40s even get pregnant and have beautiful healthy babies. But behind the press releases and the happy fairy tale TV interviews and magazine baby covers is a secret that doesn’t always get told to the public.
Law and Order‘s Elisabeth Rohm uncovers and reveals what Hollywood moms don’t always tell about the way they became parents in her autobiographical book Baby Steps, Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just not as I Expected) (my complimentary review copy’s value is $24.99). The book, offered via Da Copo Press, gives readers a personal, candid and introspective look into Rohm’s own personal journey to baby.
In Baby Steps, we travel with the Heroes actress through her childhood as the only kid to a hippie mom, somewhat abandoned by her dad after her parents split, her trials at a boarding school for difficult kids, thru her accidental discovery of a love for acting, various serial relationships with actors and even and other traumatic life’s events never before shared. Rohm is open and shares her hindsight perspectives on how her upbringing directed her choices through life and various acting roles, most notably her role as Serena Southerlyn on Law & Order.
The book, co-written with Eve Adamson, opens with a humanitarian visit to Vietnam and Cambodia when she discovers a happy childless woman who has adopted an orphanage and the children within it and works with a mentor who shares his and his wife’s attempt at pregnancy only to find out they cannot have children.
From there, Rohm is inspired (and frightened) to get the ball rolling. She returns home to her longtime beau, businessman Ron Wooster, and begins the process of starting a family. She too learns that it would not be as easy as thought it would be. Through a miscarriage, loss, IVF treatment and other medical interventionist means, she eventually conceives a daughter, who she names Easton.
But along the way, Rohm discovered that there are many many more Hollywood moms, of all ages, who undergo years of struggle but opt against sharing it with the world. Few who have a tough time making a baby open up about it and instead opt to present a false story as if it all happened “naturally” as nature intended.
In Baby Steps, Rohm rips the cover off the lie. The book is also part instructive guide because, in narrative form, we go through her decision to do IVF treatment, the first visit to the doctor, all the emotional turmoil, the hormone injections and the arguments and fights with Wooster along the way. Understandably, the pressure to have a baby can be taxing.
It’s a courageous, well written share and the book itself has good pacing, no dull moments and is a very quick read. It took one 5 hour plane ride up and back, to and from the Caribbean to the United States to go through it cover to cover. I could easily see it being optioned into a movie of its own, it’s that interesting.
I’d recommend it not just for those who are curious about babies or celebrity baby making, but anyone who wants a well-written and entertaining read. Her story is relatable and can be appreciated by moms and daughters alike.