Sylvia Jeffreys has spoken of her experience with IVF and the emotional impact of undergoing the process for the first time during a segment on Today Extra.
The Nine journalist welcomed son Oscar Hamilton Stefanovic, her first child with husband Peter Stefanovic, in February.
In an on-air discussion on Wednesday about unused embryos and the dilemma they can pose to parents who no longer need them, Jeffreys revealed the topic had personal significance.
"I know from my own personal experience of IVF that so much goes into having a successful embryo and having something sitting there that gives you the opportunity to make life for your family," she said, tearing up as she spoke.
"There's such an emotional attachment to those embryos, long before they become the baby or the child that you grow to love."
Jeffreys was speaking to Nine.com.au Managing Editor Brooke Campbell, who recently wrote about her uncertainty over what to do with her frozen embryos.
"I am forever grateful to IVF for giving me my two beautiful girls, but I'm at a stage in my life where I know I don't want any more children, and I also know I don't have it in me to go through the IVF process again," Campbell wrote for Essential Baby.
"But what I don't know is if I'm ready to mourn the loss of the embryos. You see, getting them was no easy feat ... They signify life and hope, and it's not an easy door to close.
"But there comes a point where paying the bill every month for something I am never going to use seems kind of silly. What am I saving them for? I have three choices, but no easy answer."
IVF specialist Dr Rick Gordon also joined the segment, outlining the options available for unused embryos.
Concluding the piece, Jeffreys told Campbell: "I suppose the silver lining in having unused embryos is that you have had your miracles, so that's the beautiful part of it."