The journey to parenthood is not always an easy process. Delayed motherhood, infertility, and a host of other issues can make it difficult for people to become parents. Luckily, reproduction technology is advancing and making it easier for people who struggle to have children. For all of these reasons, surrogacy has become more common in the United States, with several thousand people each year working with a surrogate to make their dreams come true. You’ll recognize these celebrities who successfully added a child to their family with the help of a surrogate.
Celebrities help spread the news about surrogacy providing a solution to building a family. Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest scoring soccer player in the FIFA World Cup, welcomed his twins, Mateo and Eva, in July 2017. He shared the news on Instagram with his fans, saying, “So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life.” Ronaldo announced in July 2018 that he was leaving the Real Madrid team to join Juventus.
Tyra Banks and Erik Asla
Supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks and Erik Asla struggled with fertility issues before they opted to work with a surrogate to grow their family. In January 2016, the couple announced the birth of York Banks Asla, their newborn son, on Instagram with this quote, “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. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.”
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
The number of babies born to surrogates doubled in the US from 2007 to 2014 as the practice became widely known. In 2014, more than 2,200 babies were born in the US to surrogates. Actress and author Gabrielle Union had shared her troubles conceiving publicly before announcing that she and husband, Dwyane Wade, welcomed their daughter born from a gestational surrogate on Instagram. “We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate…”
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
During her two pregnancies with husband Kanye West, reality TV star Kim Kardashian suffered from life-threatening medical conditions. When the couple decided to add to their growing family, they opted for having the baby via surrogate to avoid risking further medical complications. Big sister, North, and brother, Saint, welcomed their new baby sister on January 15, 2018.
We’re grateful for celebrities sharing their stories
We all enjoy the “Stars – They’re just like us!” feature in US Weekly that features celebrities doing normal, everyday things like filling up their cars with gas because it reminds us that deep down we’re all the same. Agencies like ConceiveAbilities appreciate that famous people are willing to open up and share their experiences, which gives the public a broader understanding of reproductive technology advances.
Couples who face fertility problems are more aware of alternative routes for starting a family, thanks to stories like these. Surrogacy provides hope for those who have struggled to grow their family.