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 22 famous moms who expanded their family thanks to surrogacy.
"We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days," they both captioned the photos. "Welcome to the party sweet girl!"
Wade also has three sons — Zaire, Zion and Xavier Zechariah — for his first marriage, along with his nephew Dahveon, whom he also raises.
"I have been very honest with my children, especially my daughter, who's 5," Simpson told People. "She knows that her aunt carried her in her belly and that's where she lived and then she was born. I just want them to know how they came to be and also not make it a big deal. Like, 'That's just what happened. That's where you lived and then you were born and now you’re mine.'"
Emily is also stepmom to husband Shane Simpson's two daughters Chanel, 12, and Shelby, 17.
"We tried before, we told people and then it didn't happen," Fallon recalled to Today. "And it's just really depressing. It's really hard on everybody."
After turning to gestational surrogacy, the difficult times are behind them and the couple have two daughters, Winnie, born in July 2013, and Frances, who arrived on Dec. 3, 2017.
"It's been a long, painful journey for us," the couple told People. "Zeppelin is the light of our lives."
"If you can't get pregnant for whatever reason, it's great to know that there are options available for people that want to have a family. I wish I could have had that experience," Camille blogged in 2012. "I'm just so grateful I had a wonderful surrogate who carried our two children. I have two amazing angels in my life that I love so much. They are such a gift and a blessing from God."
"Shawna's not my stepmother, she's like my soul sister," Lamas told Closer Weekly. "I look at her like an angel that blessed my whole family, including my father. I have just been given the biggest blessing in the world and I'll always be grateful."
"God has definitely blessed us," Dennis Quaid said in a statement after their birth. But 10 days later, they needed prayers answered once again when the infants suffered overdoses after hospital staff gave the twins the incorrect dosage of a blood thinner. Thankfully, everything turned out OK, there was a happy ending, and they're doing just fine, thank you very much. Phew!
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"Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl," she wrote in a blog post, confirming the birth. "We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister."
"I didn't really have a choice about being open, since it was obvious I wasn't pregnant," she told Yahoo Parenting. "For me it wasn't a choice; I needed to use a surrogate."
"We'd hired an adoption attorney, we had the pictures, the book, had it all ready to go," DioGuardi told People. "Then ... I knew this woman, a friend, and on a whim I asked somebody to bring [gestational surrogacy] up and get her thoughts on it and she seemed open to it. She came over with her husband, talked it through, and we negotiated it together." After seven unsuccessful embryo transfers, the eighth one took, and son Greyson was born in 2013.
"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."
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"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."
"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.
"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!"
"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."
"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.
"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!!"
"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.'"
"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."