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Savannah Guthrie Feared She Lost Chance to Be a Mom — She Gave Birth at 42 & Now Has 2 Kids

Esther NJeri
Jun 28, 2022
10:30 P.M.
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Savannah Guthrie knew she wanted to be a wife and a mom for a long time. After years of being married to her second husband, Michael Feldman, and with no signs of pregnancy, she lost all hope of one day having children. However, life surprised her once she reached her forties.

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"Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie has been married twice. She met her first husband, former BBC journalist Mark Orchard in 2005. They married that same year, but in 2008, after Guthrie became a White House correspondent for NBC, things took a nasty turn, and they divorced soon after.

Guthrie confessed that her personal life suffered as her professional one took off. She and Orchard did not get around to having babies in their four-year marriage.

"The Today Show" Co-Host Savannah Guthrie attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

"The Today Show" Co-Host Savannah Guthrie attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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A few months after her split from Orchard, Guthrie met her second husband, Michael Feldman, a public relations and communications consultant, during his 40th birthday. They hit it off and started dating just months after Guthrie's divorce.

Their relationship progressed fast, and in May 2013, they became engaged. The two were vacationing in Turks and Caicos when Feldman got on one knee and popped the question.

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The proposal surprised Guthrie, as she only knew about it after seeing the ring box. She said on "Today," as Good Housekeeping reports:

"He actually got on one knee, and I still thought we were just talking. Really, honestly. And then, he brought out the box, and then I didn't open it for a long time cause I was just overcome."

Barely a year later, the two lovebirds walked down the aisle in a small ceremony near Guthrie's hometown of Tucson, Arizona. They invited less than 100 guests to the March 15, 2014, ceremony.

A PLEASANT SURPRISE AT 42

Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Guthrie has had a successful broadcasting career, and while she was happy with the direction her life had taken, she hated that people thought she had achieved all of her life's dreams.

Unbeknownst to most, Guthrie had, for years, dreamed about holding her babies in her arms. All she ever wanted was a family she could call her own, but sadly, her journey toward motherhood proved to be the ultimate uphill task.

After years of trying to get pregnant and with no success, she became heartbroken, and all hope for a family became feeble. Things became even worse when she still did not conceive after dating Feldman for a while.

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Michael Feldman and Savannah Guthrie attend the 2018 Food Bank For New York City's Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on April 17, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Michael Feldman and Savannah Guthrie attend the 2018 Food Bank For New York City's Can Do Awards Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on April 17, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

While Guthrie knew being a mom was all she wanted, she also understood not to get her hopes too high, as she did not want to be disappointed if it did not happen. She recalls thinking:

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"Maybe it's not meant for me, and that's OK because I've already been blessed so much in my life."

Fortunately, at 42, Guthrie's life-long dream became fulfilled when she discovered she was pregnant. The universe had finally smiled at her. "When we found out we were pregnant, I don't think there were two happier people on the planet." She would say.

Savannah Guthrie (R) and husband Michael Feldman attend the "Fed Up" premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on May 6, 2014 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Savannah Guthrie (R) and husband Michael Feldman attend the "Fed Up" premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on May 6, 2014 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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The parents-to-be announced the fantastic news during their wedding reception as the guests sat at the candlelit dinner. Owing to her time at NBC's "Today," they played the NBC News "Special Report" music before they made the announcement, after which the crowd exploded in cheers and screams.

Finally, the long-awaited day arrived in August 2014, when Guthrie and Feldman welcomed their baby girl, Vale. Guthrie disclosed that she'd never been more grateful or felt more blessed.

Michael Feldman and Savannah Guthrie with their daughter Vale appear on NBC News' "Today" show | Source: Getty Images

Michael Feldman and Savannah Guthrie with their daughter Vale appear on NBC News' "Today" show | Source: Getty Images

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BABY NUMBER TWO WAS A LONG TIME COMING

Having their first child rekindled Guthrie and Feldman's hopes in parenthood. However, they did not know they would walk the same tumultuous journey when trying for a second child.

The "Today" co-host revealed she suffered a miscarriage and underwent two rounds of in vitro fertilization before they finally welcomed their second child. She would tell Good Housekeeping, according to Page Six:

"I stopped even letting myself hope or believe I could [get pregnant] because the years were getting on. It wasn't that I thought it was impossible; I just thought it wasn't likely."

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Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael Feldman, arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, USA on 18 October 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael Feldman, arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, USA on 18 October 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Despite how grueling it was, Guthrie and Feldman decided to go through with the IVF process. Guthrie shared that while they did not want to spend all their time searching for an uncertain future, they still wanted a sibling for Vale — someone for her to do life with.

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After struggling for a while, the couple finally got pregnant, welcoming their second baby, Charles Max, in December 2016.

GUTHRIE AND FELDMAN LOVE BEING PARENTS

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After such a long wait for her children, motherhood came easy for Guthrie. She now refers to her babies as miracles. She mused:

"I knew it was the winning lottery ticket to have one child. So I never dreamed that I would have two. Vale was a miracle, and Charley was a medical miracle."

Not many are as lucky as Guthrie to become a mother late in life. For that, Guthrie is forever grateful. She shared that, if anything, becoming a mom later in life was even better because it came at a time when she was able to prioritize.

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She also did not have to deal with the pressures that weigh many down in their 20s or 30s. And with an already established career, she could easily take time to enjoy her kids.

Today, the couple takes pride in having struck a perfect balance between parenting and their careers. During the height of the pandemic, they shared responsibilities, with Feldman getting up early to help Guthrie get ready for the "Today" show.

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Then, during the mid-morning hours, Guthrie took over the kids for a while as Feldman worked. Feldman disclosed his awe of his wife for her ability to create structure. He is forever amazed at how she stays up from as early as four and late into the night, caring for their kids.

Through it all, Guthrie and Feldman are happy to experience this season of their lives together and consider themselves lucky. "We feel so lucky to have each other." She told People.

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