‘I knew I was meant to be a mom.’ Woman shares her journey of becoming a mother at age 46

Raquel Bruno had a successful career and got married at 39. Through hard work, she became a mother at the age of 46.

Amanda Eustice

May 10, 2024, 9:34 PM

Updated 9 days ago

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Two turn tables and a microphone are where it's at inside Raquel Bruno's Leonia home.
In between her passion for mixing music and a successful entertainment career as a television and talent producer, Bruno had always had the dream of becoming a mother.
"I worked at Nickelodeon. I worked at Nick at Nite. Launched TV Land and then I was traveling and was able to work at MTV...I was so focused on my career that I thought it would figure itself out," said Bruno.
She says after getting married at 39 years old, it was time for a family. But becoming a mom wasn't easy for her.
From 15 rounds of IVF to multiple miscarriages, Bruno and her husband tried just about everything to get pregnant.
"One of the miscarriages was so devastating to me that I just knew financially, spiritually and physically I was just bankrupt, and I said, ‘You know what? I think I need to take a year off of thinking about it - the ups and downs,’” Bruno said. "We're pregnant, then we are not pregnant. How am I going to make this work."
Bruno says taking that time ended up being exactly what she needed. Finally, after eight long years of trying, through an egg donor, Bruno got pregnant and had her first child Jacob at the age of 46. Then three years later, another miracle: her second child, Sophia.
"My second, my OBGYN said 'No, we could lose you,'" Bruno said. "I had pre-eclampsia with both of them. Very dangerous. But I knew sometimes, you always trust your North Star. I knew I was meant to be a mom of two. I just knew it from a young age. I just wasn't ready to have them in my 20s."
Bruno hopes that by sharing her story other women know they are not alone.
"There is hope for those who are trying to become pregnant. I am here telling folks and telling women, you have a choice, you always have a choice. You can find a way to be a mom whether it's through a donor, through adoption or through your way, you can," said Bruno.
So this Mother's Day as she walks by the artwork hanging on her kitchen door, she's counting her blessings and being grateful for how far she and her family have come.


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