A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry the child of couples who experience infertility or who come from same-sex partnerships. The most common type of surrogacy is a gestational surrogate, who carries the embryo provided by the biological parents, but has no genetic relationship to the child or children she gave birth to. Other times, only the sperm from the biological father is used to conceive with the surrogate's own egg. These types of procedures can cost anywhere between $25,000 to $60,000. In both cases, there is a legal contract drawn up between the soon-to-be-parents and the surrogate to ensure a smooth pregnancy and birth, but also to eliminate any possible legal complications. For millions of people all over the world, including the celebs listed below, using a surrogate mother is their only hope to have a baby.
Celebrities with surrogates includes well-known actresses like Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Banks, and Angela Bassett. Describing the birth of her and Matthew Broderick's twins via surrogate, Parker said, "Time stands still. It's so different, and equally extraordinary." Others who conceived with the help of a gestational carrier includes famous gay men such as rock icon Sir Elton John, sitcom star Neil Patrick Harris, and Latin music superstar Ricky Martin. For more about Hollywood parents, check out Ranker's lists of celebrities who used IVF and list of the hottest Hollywood moms.
In June 2017, Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West announced they hired a surrogate to have the couple's third child. Kardashian and West have two children - North and Saint - and they were very open about their struggles during pregnancy. Kardashian had a high risk pregnancy because of a condition preeclampsia, a rare condition that can actually kill a pregnant woman. Her doctors advised her it would be incredibly dangerous to get pregnant again, thus they hired a surrogate.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Model, + more
Credits: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Kim Kardashian: Fit in Your Jeans by Friday - Amazing Abs Body Sculpt
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Nicole Kidman went through various IVF and fertility treatments before the 2008 birth of her first daughter with husband Keith Urban, Sunday Rose. The couple's second child, Faith Margaret was born in 2010 via a gestational surrogate.
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer
Credits: Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours
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Superstar Sarah Jessica Parker gave birth to her son with husband Matthew Broderick, James Wilkie, in October 2002, but struggled to get pregnant again. The couple used a gestational surrogate to deliver their twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha, in June 2009.
Birthplace: Nelsonville, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
Credits: Sex and the City, Sex and the City, Ed Wood, Sex and the City 2
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The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, used a gestational surrogate to give birth to sons Felix (born 2011) and Magnus (born 2012).
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
Credits: The Hunger Games, The Lego Movie, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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