Inspiring! 11 Celebrities That Used a Surrogate
Let’s face it: babymaking isn’t a breeze. Maybe it takes you a day, a week — a year — or several to see the line on a pregnancy test shift from blue to pink. But when the old fashioned way isn’t working for you and you’re considering your options, there’s one place you can look to for support: Hollywood! I know, okay? I know Hollywood isn’t the place many of us search for inspiration in these times but just hear me out on this one…
Now more than ever, celebrity couples are candidly sharing their stories with other men and women who are struggling to conceive. These Hollywood A, B and C-listers have all made their dreams of a family possible by using a surrogate or gestational carrier.
From Giuliana Ranic and Matt Bomer to Elizabeth Banks and Sarah Jessica Parker, these stars are sharing their families with us.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew BroderickParents to wins Tabitha and Marion Loretta. The red hot couple, already parents to son James Wilkie, struggled to conceive again. Parker says of the fertility struggle, "[We] tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant, but it just was not to be, the conventional way — I would give birth as often as I could, if I could. I cherished all the milestones, the good and the bad," She even went on to speak candidly about the first time she met her two adorable daughters (now 3), Tabitha and Loretta: “Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s — suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and — I can’t explain it except to say that nothing else existed. I don’t remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband’s face and their faces and my son’s. It’s literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It’s so different, and equally extraordinary. I am very poor at describing it. But it’s amazing."
Elton John and David FurnishParents to sons Zachary and Elijah. Using the same surrogate for the delivery of both their sons, Elton said, "She is a wonderful, kind and loving woman. " She is "part of our family."
Robert De Niro and Grace HightowerParents to daughter Helen Grace. The proud parents welcomed daughter Helen Grace in 2011 via surrogate. De Niro also has twin sons from a previous marriage that he also welcomed via a surrogate.
Nicole Kidman and Keith UrbanParents to daughters Faith and Sunday. After experiencing a "roller-coaster ride with fertility," Kidman and her husband used a gestational carrier for the birth of their second daughter, Faith. Kidman said, "Having given birth and then being there to see my child born in that way, I felt so much love for our surrogate, gestational carrier."
Matt Bomer and Simon HallsThe proud papas are parents to twins Walker and Henry and a 7-year-old, Kit.
Giuliana and Bill RancicParents to son Edward Duke Rancic. After a very public fertility struggle, the Rancic's became a family of three via a gestational carrier. The glowing mama said, "We had an amazing gestational carrier that we cannot thank enough for all that she has done for our family."
Camille and Kelsey GrammerBefore the couple split, they welcomed their twin sons together via a surrogate.
Ricky Martin and Carlos Gonzalez AbellaThe proud daddy felt the urge for a family a long time ago. When the time came, he said, "OK, what are my options? Am I going to adopt? I just sat in front of the computer, doing research, until I found surrogacy, and I was like: ‘Woah! This looks really interesting,’ I interviewed so many people that were part of this beautiful world, and I decided this was going to be my way." He is proud pa to twins Valentino and Matteo.
Elizabeth Banks and Max HandelmanParents to boys Felix and Magnus. Speaking candidly about her experience with surrogacy, Banks said, "It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant. It’s a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. And it’s hard losing that kind of control. But our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie." After the arrival of her baby boy Magnus, the couple said, " This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime. I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process, as well as the Center for Surrogate Parenting for helping make all this possible."
Chris and Deanna DaughtryParents to twins Noah and Adalynn. Due to Deanna's partial hysterectomy, when the couple welcomed their fraternial twins into the world they were, "overwhelmed with joy by these two precious gifts from God. The babies are both healthy and resting. Thanks to everyone for their love and prayers."
Neil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaDaddy to twins Harper and Gideon. Sharing their experience, the proud daddies said, "We really, really wanted kids. We really had thought it through financially, emotionally, relationship-wise. We didn’t just accidentally get pregnant and decide that now we need to make this work. These kids come into our world with nothing but love." And to make matters fair, each dad fertilized one egg and the twins were then carried and born by one surrogate. Daddy David said, "two eggs, two embryos, one of mine, one of his."
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