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Nicole Kidman Used A Gestational Carrier — Can You? Fertility Expert Weighs In

Tue, February 22, 2011 6:19pm EDT by Add first Comment

After Nicole and her husband Keith Urban had their daughter, Faith Margaret, via a surrogate, we started wondering — how does the process work? We found out.

Even one of the most glamorous ladies in Hollywood has something so many of us can all relate to — her struggle with infertility. It seems like more and more mothers are facing similar challenges to conceiving and are going through what Nicole Kidman describes as a “roller-coaster ride with fertility.” But do you want to know how she and Keith Urban ended up welcoming the baby they were hoping for? We looked into the journey behind surrogacy.

Nicole admits: ‘I never thought I’d have a baby’

The process of finding a viable surrogate is not easy and takes a very long time. But Dr. Joel Batzofin, a New York health and fertility expert, tells that any struggling couple can look into using a gestational carrier. “It’s a luck and affordability issue,” he tells us. “And to result in offspring, it becomes a lot about teamwork.” The couple’s health-care provider must ask questions about medical and social-life issues and figure out if surrogacy is the right path.

Here’s a first look at Nicole and Keith’s daughter Faith Margaret

“If the intended parent can’t get pregnant then the use of a gestational carrier is an option,” Dr. Batzofin explains. “Generally speaking, women want to have their own pregnancy, unless they can’t get pregnant themselves.” Nicole struggled with inferility and was not able to carry a baby herself, therefore leading her to use a surrogate. “We were in a place of desperately wanting another child,” Nicole, 43, revealed on the Feb. 20 edition of 60 Minutes Australia. “This opportunity arose for us, and I couldn’t get pregnant.”

Nicole: ‘Why I kept my new baby a secret’

Dr. Batzofin tells us that as long as a woman is healthy, has no reproductive problems and is psychologically stable, then she is viable to become a gestational carrier. “It’s a careful selection,” he says, adding that the prospective surrogate must not have a problem giving up the baby when the time comes. In Nicole and Keith’s case, their embryo was planted inside of a surrogate’s womb, making them the biological parents.

Have you or have a close friend gone through the same process as Nicole? Share you stories with us!

–Leigh Blickley

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