Many celebrities who have issues carrying to term naturally turn to a gestational carrier. While some try to keep it a secret, others don’t have a problem discussing it and thanking their surrogate publicly.
Find out more about the celebrities who used a surrogate, from their reasons to their experience of motherhood without the baby bump. If you’re considering using a gestational carrier, here are the stars who’ve already done it.
After getting married in 2006, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcomed a baby daughter two years later. The actress carried Sunday Rose to term, but had trouble getting pregnant for a second time.
“I couldn’t get pregnant and we wanted another baby. I get emotional talking about it, because I’m so grateful to her”, Kidman explained about the gestational surrogate who helped deliver Faith Margaret in 2010.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is also one of the celebrities who used a surrogate after delivering her first to term herself. Ellen Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivory welcomed their first daughter Stella Luna in 2009, then 5 years later had a second daughter, Sienna May. Her birth and the surrogacy were only announced two months after the delivery.
Sarah Jessica Parker
After 12 years together, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed twins Tabitha and Loretta, who were carried to term by a gestational surrogate. The two already had a son, James Wilkie, born in 2002. “It would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son’s birth,” the “Sex and the City” star told Access Hollywood.
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Few celebrities who used a surrogate went through the process twice, but Elizabeth Banks and her husband Max Handelman welcomed two sons, Felix and Magnus Mitchell, 18 months apart. Both boys were carried to term by a gestational surrogate. “It's a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. But our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie,” Banks told US magazine.
The “American Horror Story” star only chose surrogacy after seven years of failed fertility treatments. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance welcomed their twin babies in 2006, son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden.
After two marriages and a son and a daughter she carried to term, the “Sons of Anarchy” star decided to become a mother again after she married Kurt Sutter in 2004. She’s one of the celebrities who used a surrogate, and welcomed daughter Esmé Louise to her family in 2007.
The E! personality struggled with IVF before turning to a surrogate. Giuliana Rancic suffered a miscarriage after her first in vitro fertilization procedure, her second didn’t take, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer before her third attempt. After undergoing a double mastectomy, Rancic and her husband Bill welcomed son Edward Duke via gestational carrier.
Neil Patrick Harris
Five years before he hosted the 87th Academy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka also joined the list of celebrities who used a surrogate. After using eggs from an anonymous donor and a different gestational carrier, they welcomed twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.
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A handful of celebrities have also used surrogates to become a single parent. Ricky Martin became a father to twin boys Matteo and Valentino in 2008, and two year later, professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo announced that he’s a father with full custody, and hasn’t disclosed the identity of his son’s birthmother.
Kelsey Grammer and his ex-wife Camille of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fame are also among the celebrities who used a surrogate. Camille used a gestational carrier for both her children, daughter Mason Olivia and son Jude Gordon. “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,” Grammer wrote on her Bravo blog.