Ellen Pompeo Says Baby Unlikely on Grey's Anatomy This Season

"It's hard to shoot babies and deal with babies on shows," notes the actress

By Jennifer Arrow Oct 05, 2010 10:30 PMTags

Now that the miscarriage secret is out on Grey's Anatomy, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd can start trying again to make a baby with great hair and strong genes for a future in medicine, right?

Maybe not. We just caught up with Ellen Pompeo herself at a launch event for Huggies' Every Little Bottom charity campaign, which is devoted to making diapers available to low-income mothers, and it sounds like Meredith might not find herself in a family way during season seven:

Pompeo is herself a happy new mama to Stella Luna Ivery, who just turned a year old, but her character may not be joining her in maternal bliss any time soon.

Says Pompeo, "There probably won't be a baby this season, for sure. It's hard to shoot babies and deal with babies on shows, so I don't know that we'll ever actually see a baby, but I think Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith are going to continue to go through their struggles about being a couple and working together and all of that."

OK, so the bad news for us fans is that Pompeo believes Meredith won't be knocked up by sweeps; the good news is that the show will continue exploring the fundamentally dramatic challenges of Meredith and Derek in a serious committed relationship. 

Now, while it seems unfortunate that baby-making isn't going to be a focus of Grey's this season, there are quite a few other storylines to focus on. Pompeo tells us the biggest one is for Mer's soulmate, Cristina (Sandra Oh), saying, "The first half of the season is a great storyline that centers around Sandra Oh's character and her post-traumatic stress disorder, which she's dealing with from the shooting. It's played brilliantly by Sandra. Her acting is impeccable, and the storyline is great for her. I think it's a very entertaining first half of the season."

Are you guys OK waiting a while for Baby Shepherd?

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