10 Celeb Moms Who Welcomed Babies Using a Surrogate
Getting pregnant and having a baby isn't always an option for those who want kids. Some people choose adoption as their way to have kids but there also many who've opted to use a gestational surrogate to bring a baby into their home. And in Hollywood it's no different. Check out these 10 famous moms who expanded their family thanks to surrogacy.
Nicole KidmanKidman and husband Keith Urban gave their eldest daughter, Sunday Rose, a little sister in 2010 when the couple welcomed Faith Margaret, who was carried by a surrogate.
"Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the family said in a statement at the time. "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."
Tyra BanksThe TV host and model surprised everyone when she announced that she and longtime boyfriend Erik Asia welcomed their son, York, via surrogate.
"The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here," she captioned the Instagram photo of her baby's first hat. "He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone."
Sarah Jessica ParkerJames Wilke became a big brother at the age of seven, when a surrogate had SJP and husband Matthew Broderick's twin girls in 2009.
"We've been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so," Parker told Today. "This was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us."
Katey SagalSagal had two kids before marrying her fourth husband, Kurt Sutter, in 2004. The couple decided they wanted another child so they used a surrogate to have Esme in 2007.
"I'd had some medical issues after the birth of my other two children, so I was unable to carry a child, so we were always looking at alternative approaches," she explained to OK! magazine.
Lucy LiuSingle mom Lucy Liu welcomed her baby boy, Rockwell, in August 2015 via gestational carrier and was open about the process from the beginning.
"I didn't really think about it at all," Liu told CBS News. "I just went ahead and did it. I didn't realize there was criticism until after I sent out the information that I had my baby through a gestational carrier and my friends said, 'Don't listen to what some people are saying.' I didn't realize people were saying anything negative!"
Ellen PompeoThe actress gave birth to her first daughter, Stella Luna, but the child's siblings were born via surrogate in 2014 and 2016.
"This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone's child," Pompeo told Jimmy Kimmel of her and husband Chris Ivery's decision. "I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her — she who will remain anonymous."
Giuliana RancicGiuliana and husband Bill Rancic were very open about their battle with infertility on their reality show, so after turning to a surrogate, the couple welcomed son Edward Duke in 2012.
"Our journey has a happy ending," Bill told People. "We didn't give up, we didn't quit and we're going to have a good ending to this."
Sadly, the Bill and Giuliana tried to conceive via gestational carrier but their surrogate, Delphine, suffered a series of miscarriages. The last embryo lost was in 2014.
Amy SmartAfter years of fertility struggles, Smart and husband Carter Oosterhouse announced the birth of their daughter, Flora, on Instagram.
"It is with great gratitude and pleasure to welcome our little girl Flora to the world," she captioned a photo of the new family. "What a blessed way to bring in 2017. Amen and Thank You God for this special new life!!"
Angela BassettBassett and husband Courtney B. Vance underwent fertility treatments for seven years before considering surrogacy. Then in 2006, the couple welcomed fraternal twins, Bronwyn and Slater.
"I was devastated when it didn't happen [again and again]," Bassett told Oprah. "I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, 'Okay, let's do it again.'"
Elizabeth BanksAfter years of unsuccessful attempts, Banks and husband Max Handelman but thanks to surrogacy, they ended up having both their sons right after each other (Felix was born in 2011; Magnus, arrived the following year).
"Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate," the actress shared. "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."