Gestational surrogacy has become an acceptable means for couples to bear children. Medical, legal, and cultural aspects of it have evolved, and the social perspective has changed, as many a celebrity couple has become a surrogate parent. Many widely recognized celebrities have become the intended parent of a child.
In fact, anyone can become intended parents, meaning they become the legal parent of a child carried by a surrogate mother or carrier. That is the definition of intended parents. In terms of surrogacy definition, there are a couple of types. Gestational surrogacy is when an intended mother’s eggs, sperm from an intended father, or either or both of those from a donor are used to create an embryo in an unrelated surrogate mother. Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate has genetic ties to the baby.
Celebrities who have successfully gone through the process of surrogacy include:
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have one biological child, and Nicole has two adopted children from a previous marriage. She decided on using a surrogate in 2008 and a daughter was born in 2010.
- Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen had two daughters born via a surrogate mother. Both struggled with having a baby for five years. At first, they tried unsuccessfully at surrogacy, but an attempt tried in secret led to success.
- Lucy Liu, a single mom, welcomed a son using the process in 2015. She has been an advocate of expanding the perceptions of a “traditional family” and has, therefore, opened up about her private life. Liu broke the news via Instagram when her child entered the world.
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick explored surrogacy six years after having their first child. The effort resulted in twin girls, born in 2009.
- Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka welcomed twin daughters in 2010. Two different women were involved and two different eggs, and both husbands decided not to determine which one was biologically theirs.
- Elton John and David Furnish have two sons, born through the same surrogate.
- In September 2017, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced their surrogate was pregnant with their third child. Kim is even providing a specialized diet for the baby, according to a source.
The surrogate mother process is, therefore, one explored by many celebrities and non-celebrities. Between 1999 and 2013, there were 13,380 deliveries by gestational surrogates in the U.S., with a total of 18,400 infants born1. The rate of gestational carrier cycles has increased over the years. There were 727 reported in 1999, which increased to 3,432 by 20132.
Although the process can be complex, finding a match is possible through surrogate agencies such as 3 Sisters Surrogacy. We can match prospective parents with the right carrier across the nation. To get on the path to parenthood, apply to be a surrogate, or receive a free consultation, contact us confidentially online or call 877-976-9483.