Surrogacy has made considerable progress in the past twenty years from a medical and legal perspective. For some states like Illinois, gestational surrogacy was only legally protected in the past decade. Today, many stereotypes and stigmas associated with surrogacy are becoming outdated.
There are many people to thank for this: from the selfless surrogates that help start families, to the celebrities that help showcase a positive side to surrogacy.
Without some of these celebrities, many people might not have been inspired to start a family of their own. We applaud their pride in sharing their surrogacy journeys with the rest of the world.
Actress Nicole Kidman already had three children prior to her surrogacy journey. In December 2010, she revealed that her fourth child, Faith Margaret, was gestated by a surrogate in the United States (due to restrictive surrogacy laws in her native Australia).
“Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” she and her husband said in a statement. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”
E! News_ Host Giuliana Rancic discovered she had breast cancer after a few IVF cycles and a miscarriage. Her cancer treatment meant that she had to use surrogacy as a means to starting her family. Finally, their son Edward Duke was born in 2012, via a surrogate named Delphine. Unfortunately, their attempts to have a second child resulted in miscarriages.
"Bill and I are blessed beyond words to welcome Edward into our lives," Giuliana said to E! News. "Thank you so much to everyone who supported us along the way."
Late Night Talk Show_ host Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy struggled to have a baby for five years. But, in July 2013, they welcomed their daughter Winnie to the world, gestated by a surrogate.
"I know people have tried much longer (than we have), but if there's anyone out there who is trying and they're just losing hope … just hang in there," Fallon said to USA Today's Samantha Guthrie. "Try every avenue; try anything you can do, 'cause you'll get there. You'll end up with a family, and it's so worth it. It is the most 'worth it' thing."
Actress Elizabeth Banks also struggled to grow her family before turning to surrogacy. Today she and her husband have two children, Felix and Magnus, both by a surrogate. In a 2012 interview in Women’s Health, Banks discussed how she moved past having someone else carry her baby for her: "Once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision."
“Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate. This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime,” Banks told People Magazine.
We’ve talked about Actress Lucy Liu in the past, because of her international reputation and advocacy for diverse families. With the help of a surrogate, her son Rockwell Lloyd was revealed through Liu’s Instagram in August 2015. Liu, typically secretive about her private life, opened up about the experience.
“Every day is just a miracle and a dream,” the actress told Us Weekly Magazine, “because everything is so different every day. You’re not even thinking about ‘Is it Monday or Tuesday’ or ‘What time is it?’ anymore, you’re just thinking about how he’s changed from minute to minute and his reactions — also, how you are and how you grow as a human being, being around another human being like that.”
The concept of the American Family has changed significantly over the past few decades. It continues to change through surrogacy, through more advanced reproduction technology, and through a broader understanding of these options. Celebrities have been pivotal in surrogacy becoming more widely accepted. In sharing their story with the rest of the world, they often generate a larger discussion about a modern kind of family.
A common story runs through many of these celebrities’ stories. Surrogacy provided an alternative route for starting a family. Many celebrities faced fertility problems of their own, or had suffered a miscarriage in their attempts. Surrogacy provided a solution- a newfound hope for the parents that refused to give up on their families.
For more information on using a surrogate, visit our page on our surrogacy program or check out our blog. If you’re ready to begin your surrogacy journey, fill out our interest application for parents here.
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