Parents-to-be across the U.S. have been turning to surrogacy for various reasons in 2022. Many celebrity parents who have chosen birth via surrogate are using their platforms to celebrate the women who helped them, and to champion this alternative path to parenthood.
What is Surrogacy?
Through a multi-step process involving egg and sperm donation, embryo creation and in vitro fertilization (IVF), individuals or couples can have a baby with their own genetics, carried to term and delivered by someone else.
There are two different forms of surrogacy:
In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate uses her own egg to conceive the child. Sperm is either donated through a sperm bank or provided by the aspiring parent and gets fertilized with the surrogate’s eggs.
The child would then be genetically related to the sperm donor and the surrogate. Traditional surrogacy is rare these days and prohibited in many locations.
A gestational surrogate, conversely, is not genetically related to the child. In gestational surrogacy, an egg and sperm get fertilized externally to create an embryo, and the embryo is transferred to the surrogate via IVF.
Depending on who the Intended Parents are, they may have supplied one of these samples or both.
Gestational surrogacy is expensive, costing north of $100,000 to complete. However, this doesn’t deter folks looking to build their families. Eighteen thousand four hundred babies were born via a surrogate from 1999 to 2013. More recent data appears to be unavailable on the topic.
Celebrities Who Have Welcomed A Baby Via Surrogate in 2022
Anthony Rapp and Ken Ithiphol
The couple welcomed their new baby in an Instagram post on December 5, stating, “Our son, Rai Larson Ithiphol, was brought into the world on Friday, December 2, 2022, by an incredibly generous surrogate, to whom we are eternally grateful.”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
A special thanks to @drshahinghadir for helping us grow our family & our incredible surrogate and all of the nurses and doctors. We are overjoyed to be a family of four.”
On November 7, Rebel Wilson shared that she is “Beyond proud to announce the birth of my first child, Royce Lillian, born this past week via surrogate 💗.” She notes that she “… particularly wanted to thank my gorgeous surrogate who carried her and birthed her with such grace and care. Thank you for helping me start my own family, it’s an amazing gift. The BEST gift!”
Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton
Adrienne and Israel announced with joy their son’s arrival on August 16, “He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage…Grateful to God, to our angel surrogate and to all of our friends and family who have stood with us for over 5 years on this journey.”
Khloe’s rep publicized her second child’s arrival in July, “We can confirm True will have a sibling who was conceived in November,” the representative told PEOPLE.
“Khloé is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing. We’d like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Khloe can focus on her family.”
Laura Benanti and Patrick Brown
Laura and Patrick welcomed their second child, Louisa, on July 9, “… Like many, the journey towards growing our family has had many challenges.
However, our journey has also been marked by the privilege to pursue different paths to grow our family. Specifically, our remarkable surrogate (an angel-on-earth) who carried our precious girl and delivered her into our arms; an other-worldly generosity of spirit, body, and kindness that can never be repaid.”
Andy said it best in his Instagram post on April 29, “HERE’S LUCY!!!!! …Thank you to my rock star surrogate (ALL surrogates are rockstars, by the way) and everyone who helped make this miracle happen. I’m so happy.”
On April 30, Anderson Cooper wrote a testament to the impact of surrogates, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child… I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates, give to families who can’t have children.”
Anna-Marie Campisi and Mursel Mistanoglu
90-Day Fiance’s Anna-Marie and Mursel announced the arrival of their first child, via surrogate, following his April 11 birth, “He’s doing amazing! Just a small guy at 5.3 pounds 18 inches. Our surrogate is also doing well! I was able to meet her and she’s such an amazing woman!”
Becca Tobin and Zach Martin
Baby Ford joined the world on February 22 with a touching tribute from his parents, “Rutherford “Ford” Thomas Martin is here and life is already so much sweeter. It took him five years to get here, but it’s been worth every minute. Thank you to our amazing surrogate for bringing him here safely surrounded by so much love.”
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra
In a simple yet touching note to the public, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra advised of the birth of their baby girl Malti Marit on January 15. “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on family. Thank you so much.”
What Does 2023 Hold for You?
These touching tributes from celebrities to the surrogates who helped to build their families showcases the impact that working with a gestational carrier can have.
If you are unable to have children and are considering building your family through surrogacy, look for reputable agencies near you. There are plenty of resources available online to guide you on your journey and to help you learn more about the process.
Growing your family is an emotional, and sometimes challenging process. Surrogacy offers another tool in your toolkit on the path to parenthood.
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