Stars Who Choose Surrogacy to Become Parents

Last week, ’30 Rock’ actress Elizabeth Banksj joyfully announced that she has become a mom to baby boy Felix, after she and her husband Max Handelman welcomed their bundle of joy via gestational surrogate.

«After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a ‘baby cake’ and bake it in another woman’s ‘oven,'» she wrote, citing «two miracles» in the process: the chance to develop a positive bond with their surrogate and her husband, and the chance to celebrate Felix’s healthy birth.

Meanwhile, Banks is hardly the only celebrity who has found surrogacy successful after often-heartbreaking fertility challenges.

Now, many couples in Hollywood, both straight and gay, are happy to reveal that they chose surrogacy to fulfill their wish for a baby. As a solution not covered by standard insurers, it’s usually only realistic for those who can afford the expertise of fertility doctors who participate in the process, and the medical expenses of a «gestational carrier.» Here, examples of just some of the famous names who turned to surrogacy to be parents.

«We were in a place of desperately wanting another child (they are also raising 2-year-old Sunday), and this opportunity arose for us. And I couldn’t get pregnant, and we wanted another baby,» Kidman said, tearing up. «Anyone that’s been in the place of wanting another child, or wanting a child, knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying and struggling with fertility.»

— Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and husband Courtney B. Vance tried for years to have children and were finally blessed with twins in 2006, daughter Bronwyn and son Slater, thanks to a surrogate.

— Elton John and husband David Furnish welcomed baby Zachary in December, with gratitude toward the surrogate who made the little boy’s birth possible.

-Sarah Jessica Parker experienced pregnancy when she and Matthew Broderick welcomed son James Wilkie in 2002. The couple turned to surrogacy two-and-a-half years ago, and ended up celebrating the birth of twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha. Sadly, the pregnancy was not drama free: A police officer was accused of breaking into the surrogate’s home in Ohio to steal items related to her pregnancy, including a plaster cast of her belly and ultrasound images, as part of an alleged scheme to sell the items to tabloids; he was convicted on multiple charges.

-Risky Martin had twin sons Valentino and Matteo as a single father, thanks to a surrogate mother who delivered them in 2008.

— Dennis Quaid, already dad to a son with ex-wife Meg Ryan, became a father again with second wife Kimberley in 2007, when twins Thomas and Zoe were born via a surrogate. Quaid (who ultimately sued a hospital for a life-threatening overdose of medicine administered to the newborn twins) said after their birth, «God has definitely blessed us.»
— Golden Globe winner Katey Sagal and her husband had a daughter, Esme Louise, in 2007 with the participation of a surrogate.

— ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer, recently divorced from Kelsey Grammer, had their two children, daughter Mason and son Jude, via a surrogate. Camille has said that her irritable bowel syndrome was a factor.

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