Celebrities turning to surrogacy seems to be a trend, but celebs have been having babies through surrogacy forever.
Surrogate pregnancy is when you hire someone to carry your baby and birth it. Just because a surrogate mother is pregnant doesn’t mean they are biologically related to the baby.
Gestational surrogacy is when you take eggs and sperm and using in virto fertilization fertilize the egg and then place inside the surrogate’s uterus. Children born from gestational surrogacy aren’t related to the surrogate mother. This type of surrogacy is very popular among heterosexual couples like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Other time the surrogate mother is also the egg donor. It all depends on their person’s preference.
There have been a lot of couples besides Kimye who have had kids thanks to surrogacy. Check out some of the celebrity couples who have used a surrogate.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have used a gestational carrier for their last child Chicago West and rumored fourth kid. The couple chose the surrogate route for their daughter Chicago after Kardashian suffered major medical issues with her last two pregnancies including preeclampsia and placenta accreta.
Getting pregnant for the third time was risky for Kardashian’s health. The couple chose to use a surrogate and they loved the process.
“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” Kardashian wrote on her website after Chicago was born.
A new surrogate for the couple is reportedly pregnant with their fourth child. The baby is supposedly due in May 2019 and is a boy.
Andy Cohen recently announced on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live that he’s expecting his first child via surrogacy.
“Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan in about six weeks time I’m going to become a father,” Cohen told his fans.
This will be Cohen’s first child!
Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade
Actress Gabrielle Union and NBA star Dwyane Wade welcomed their first child together, Kaavia James, thanks to a surrogate.
“A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” Union wrote on her Instagram. “Welcome to the party sweet girl!”
Union has spoken candidly about her fertility issues. She credited a specific type of endometriosis called adenomyosis for causing her fertility problems.
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick used a surrogate to give birth to their twin girls, Marion Loreta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge. The twins surrogate Michelle Ross gave birth in Ohio and endured lots of press and personal attacks while carrying the twins.
The couple didn’t plan on having twins.
“I mean, giggles!” Parker told Today about learning the news that her surrogate was carrying twins. “We didn’t expect it. I think after a certain amount of time, you tend to hold your hopes at bay a bit as not to be disappointed. one really would have been thrilling and we would’ve felt incredibly lucky. And two was a comedy.”
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s youngest child Faith Margaret was born via surrogacy. Kidman gave birth to their eldest daughter Sunday and is an adoptative mother to Isabella and Connor with her ex-husband Tom Cruise.
Lucy Liu announced in 2015 that she became a mom through surrogacy. Her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu was born through surrogacy. She turned to surrogacy because of her busy work schedule and not knowing when she’d be able to take time off to have a kid.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka welcomed their twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, thanks to surrogacy and an egg donor. The couple used an egg donor and had two eggs. They fertilized one egg with Harris’ sperm and the other with Burtka’s then placed both eggs in their surrogate.
The couple doesn’t know which of their kids is from which sperm donation.
Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen
Jimmy Fallon and wife and produce Nancy Juvonen have welcome two girls thanks to surrogacy.
“We tried before, we told people and it didn’t happen. It’s just really depressing and hard,” Fallon said in 2013 after his daughter Winnie was born. “This time we just said we’re not going to tell anybody, it’d be just more fun if it’s just private between me and my wife and then we get to introduce her to everybody.”
The couple welcomed their second child, Frances Cole, a year later in 2014. Frances was also born via surrogacy.
Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery used a surrogate for their daughter Sienna May. Pompeo and Ivery have two other children, Stella Luna and Eli Christopher, but it’s unsure if they were also born through surrogacy.
Jordana Brewster & Andrew Form
Both of Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form’s sons were born through surrogacy. Their sons Julian and Rowan were born in 2013 and 2016.
“Sometimes I feel a little left out when other moms talk about what their birth experience was like, and I feel the loss of not having carried or having been able to carry,” the Fast & Furious star said to Yahoo Parenting in 2015. “But luckily I keep my circle tight and close, so I never feel judged.”
Dennis Quaid & Kimberly Quaid
Dennia Quaid and his wife Kimberly welcomed two children, Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, via surrogacy in November 2007.
They were in the hospital being treated for a staph infection and a nurse accidentally gave them 1,000 times more of the blood thinner heparin than needed. The hospital didn’t alert the parents to the crisis until they showed up at the hospital the next morning, blissfully unaware, to the see their kids.
“Our kids could have been dying, and we wouldn’t have been able to come down to the hospital to say goodbye,” Quaid said.
The twins made a full recovery.
Matt Bomer & Simon Hall
Matt Bomer and husband Simon Halls have three sons, which were all born via a surrogate.
“I just want to be hopefully somebody who helps shape these should without changing how they came into the world,” Bomer told People in 2014. “TO just give them the structure they need to thrive in the world but at the same time let their own personalities shine through. Some days that’s easier than others.”
Kelsey & Camille Grammer
Now divorced couple, Kelsey and Camille Grammer had two children through surrogacy. Camille talked about her surrogacy on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She wrote in her blog for Bravo, “Speaking of childbirth, I had my children through surrogacy. If you can’t get pregnant for whatever reason, it’s great to know that there are options available for people that want to have a family.”
“I wish I could have had that experience. I’m just so grateful I had a wonderful surrogate who carried our two children,” Camille wrote. “I have two amazing angels in my life that I love so much. They are such a gift and a blessing from God.”
Surrogacy has been a point of hot discussion on the show especially when Brandi Glanville went public and said Adrienne Maloof’s, another housewife, kids being born through surrogacy.
Michael Jackson’s youngest child Prince Michael II a.k.a Blanket was born through surrogacy. Blanket officially changed his name to Bigi in 2015.
The surrogate was never identified.
Tyra Banks welcomed her son York via gestational surrogate. The model didn’t share a snap of her son until Father’s Day 2017.
Banks shares York with her Norwegian photographer boyfriend Erik Asla.
Elton John & David Furnish
Elton John and his partner David Furnished turned to surrogacy after unsuccessful trying to adopt.
“We decided to go the surrogacy route and have children of our own. The dominoes fell very quickly,” John said in an interview in 2016. “It was only through fate, really.”
The couple has two boys, Zachary Jackson Levon and Elijah Joseph Daniel who were born from the same surrogate.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance had twins together via surrogacy in 2006.
The couple tried in vitro fertilization before turning to surrogacy.
“The more we learned about [surrogacy], the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us,” she told Oprah in 2007.
Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman have two kids through surrogacy. Her son Feliz was born in 2011 and her other son Magnus born in 2012.
Ricky Martin is a dad to twin boys Matteo and Valentino. The dinger considered adoption at first, but because the process took so long he turned to surrogacy and found a surrogate mother.
Bill & Giuliana Rancic
E! host Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill welcomed their son Edward Duke in August 2012 thanks to a surrogate. Giuliana had infertility complications and so the couple turned to surrogacy to have a child.