Pregnancy struggles aren’t something that are easily talked about. The invisible shroud of shame and stigma that still exists keeps everyone silent on the matter. Many women feel that being incapable to conceive means something is wrong with them. That they need to suffer alone, and eventually believe that no one will understand them. But no. This isn’t true. Infertility affects an estimated 10 to 18 percent of couples in the United States, which includes both women and men. The overarching cause for the inability to conceive is unknown, but it is not exclusive to one partner or the other.
Virginia Frank knows the hardship that infertility can cause, but we are here to say that all hope is not lost. There is another option. One that is increasing in popularity. In fact, read on to learn about celebrities who chose gestational surrogacy to grow their family.
In August 2015, Lucy Lui welcomed Rockwell Lloyd Liu into her world. Having spoken out about wanting to expand people’s notions about family, she teamed up with Tylenol for the #HowWeFamily campaign. She shared her story about choosing a gestational carrier, and entering into her surrogacy journey as a single parent.
Shortly after the news became public, the Charlie’s Angels actress took to public speaking and social media to handle the criticism she faced. “I know that people [have] opinions…” she told Yahoo Celebrity. “[But] I think it’s...important that people also embrace it’s not about the details. It’s about how you carry on from the point of having your child and loving your family.
In 2011, Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, welcomed the birth of their first son, Felix, via gestational surrogacy. A year later, the couple repeated the process and had their second son, Magnus. Shortly after Magnus’ birth, the Pitch Perfect 2 director published a blog post on her website, sharing how her surrogacy journey had completely changed their lives.
She wrote, “This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime.”
Sarah Jessica Parker
After the birth of her son, James Wilkie, in October 2002, Parker struggled to get pregnant again. Then, the Sex and the City actress and her husband, Matthew Broderick, chose gestational surrogacy to continue their family. In June 2008, the couple welcomed their twin girls, Marion Loretta and Tabitha Hodge, into their family.
In December 2010, Australian couple, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, became two more celebrities who chose gestational surrogacy to grow their family. They had their second daughter, Faith, via surrogacy. Their first daughter, Sunday Rose, was born in 2008 after Kidman experienced various IVF and fertility treatments.
“She was the most important woman to do this for us,” Kidman remarked about the gestational carrier.
Late Night TV show host, Jimmy Fallon, and his wife grew their family through gestational surrogacy. Their first daughter, Winnie, was born in 2013. A year later, in 2014, their second daughter, Frances joined the family.
“My wife and I had been trying to have a baby for a while,” he revealed in a candid interview. “We tried a bunch of things — so we had a surrogate.” Fallon’s hope is that speaking out about surrogacy will help remove any and all judgment surrounding it.
After a failed attempt to adopt, Sir Elton John and husband, David Furnish, are another pair of celebrities who chose gestational surrogacy to grow their family. They welcomed their first son, Zachary, in December 2010. Via the same gestational carrier, the couple had their second son, Elijah.Sir Elton had this to say to Hello Magazine about their gestational carrier, “She is a wonderful, kind and loving woman, who we love like a sister. We have a very close bond with her… It changes everybody. It’s the most wonderful thing you could possibly go through.”
Celebrities Who Chose Gestational Surrogacy
Remember that you are not alone. Infertility affects many men and women in the United States and around the world, but gestational surrogacy gives you another option. A second chance to have a child who is biologically related to you.
If you’ve been struggling to get pregnant, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor. Don’t hesitate to let him or her all your concerns. See what treatments and solutions are available. Infertility doesn’t have to be the end of the world when it comes to having a family. Even celebrities who chose gestational surrogacy get to have the family they’ve always wanted.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history as an adoptee, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Virginia Frank.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and a book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.