Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban just welcomed a daughter Faith Margaret via a surrogate, but they aren’t the only stars who have gone that route. Learn why.
Many people wonder, why use a surrogate? Well, in most cases couples who can’t conceive on their own or who would be put at risk for carrying their own child are the ones who decide that surrogacy is the right choice for them. Celebrity spouses like Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka and Elton John and David Furnish all chose to use a surrogate and have ended up with beautiful, happy and healthy children!
After trying for years to have another baby, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick decided that surrogacy would be the best way to give their son James Wilke, now 8, a sibling. “We’ve been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so,” Sarah Jessica, 45, told Access Hollywood after she announced her use of a surrogate for her and Matthew’s twin girls Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, now 1. “This was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us.” SJP also added that if she was able to conceive on her own, she would have definitely, and obviously, carried a baby herself. “It would be a complicated – it would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son’s birth.”
We’re still wondering why Nicole Kidman decided on a gestational carrier. Was she having fertlity problems like Sarah Jessica or was she simply afraid to carry a child at 43-years-old?
After adoption fell through, Elton John, 63, and his partner David Furnish, 48, decided that surrogacy was the right path for them. “We turned to a highly recommended agency called the Center for Surrogate Parenting,” David tells Us Weekly. “We had to be interviewed by their psychologists, and were regularly counseled. Then we looked through a whole series of egg donor profiles, with the primary concern being family health history. Then our surrogate chose us from an anonymous profile — it’s her choice too.” Lucky choice considering she was carrying Elton John’s baby, but the couple says she was anything but interested in fame. Elton and David welcomed a baby boy named Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John on Christmas Day 2010.
For Marissa Jaret Winokur, 37, surrogacy was her only option to conceive. The Tony award winner underwent a hysterectomy when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 27. “For people out there who don’t understand surrogacy, it’s very important that they understand it’s not about someone in Hollywood who doesn’t want to gain weight. It’s not like Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t want to have her own baby. For everybody that has a surrogate, that was their last chance,” Marissa explains. Now, Marissa, who welcomed a son Zev Isaac, now 2, with husband Judah Miller, is trying to have another baby! “I have spent the last month doing IVF and this week I had my eggs removed!!!” she wrote in her blog on People.com. “Judah and I have six embryos waiting to find a womb!!!”