From Kanye West and Kim Kardashian growing the West Clan with little Psalm West 4th and Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcoming Baby Kaavia James Wade, more and more celebrities have been open about their decision to expand their family via surrogate.
In sharing their unique experiences, we've learned so much more about the world of surrogacy! The Wests and the Wades are certainly not the first stars to use surrogacy, but we’ve definitely see a trend re-emerging in Hollywood since.
Keep scrolling to see celebrity couples who enlisted the help of surrogates to bring their bundles of joy into the world below:
Although she intially admitted she was “kind of scared to do it,” Kandi Burruss shared with Us Weekly that she has found a surrogate to help expand her family with her husband, Todd Tucker, on November 5 of 2018. People confirmed that the couple is expecting their second child together via surrogate.
“Yeah, yeah, we’re moving forward,” the 42-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star shared with Us Weekly. “We’ve decided we wanted to … get a surrogate.”
She added, “We did find someone, and right now we are in the process — you know it hasn’t been done — but we’re in the process.”
The couple had “two embryos that are still left from when we had Ace. So, we have two embryos left and we know they’re girls.”
Well, sad news was revealed on the season premiere of RHOA when Kandi said that her surrogate was initially pregnant with twins, but one of the embryos was lost.
“We actually was supposed to be having twins, and then one of them didn’t continue,” Burruss explained, adding, “I was sad at first, but then I just had to be grateful that the one made it.”
She also added her thoughts on having her surrogate Shadina go through all the pregancy experiences that she feels shhe missing out on:
“I just feel like this whole situation is strange...I don’t get to be excited about the first kick. I don’t get to be excited about, ‘Oh now my baby bump is showing.’ I don’t get to be excited even about my boobs filling up with milk.”
In November 2018, Gabrielle Union and her husband, Dwyane Wade, announced to the world that they welcomed their first child together via surrogate with a series of photos on Instagram holding their baby girl in the hospital.
After years of struggling with infertility and suffering a shocking nine miscarriages throughout the years, the odds almost looked impossible for them. But since the birth of their daughter, Gabrielle has been fairly opening about how she's adjusting to motherhood, and even opened up about the entire surrogacy process.
“[At first], she didn’t know that it was us, although I knew all about her,” Gabrielle shared in an interview with Shondaland.
She went on to share how race wasn’t an issue in selecting her surrogate with husband saying, "For others, if you have a same-race surrogate, there’s a fear of someone running off with your baby,” she explained. “People have all kinds of fears and things that they want. Some want [the surrogate to follow] a specific religion; or to allow TV, or no TV; or they send audio files for the surrogate to play your voice so it can be heard along with the household voices.”
“For us, we wanted: She has her own kids, a husband, she’s done this before, she knew what she was doing,” she shared. “There was no need for us to micromanage.”
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were very open about their choice to have their third child via surrogate after Kim experienced health complications with her first two pregnancies. Their daughter Chicago West was born on Jan. 15.
“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wrote on her website.
Recently, the Wests welcomed baby no. 4! The healthy baby boy, Psalm West, was born May 10 through a surrogate.
“We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy. The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I’ve shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik,” she told PEOPLE.
“As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day. My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure, York Banks Asla, feels like in my arms.”
After a series of complications, actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance welcomed their fraternal twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, in January 2006 via surrogate.
Angel shared on Oprah in 2007 about her failed fertility treatments, “I was devastated when it didn’t happen [again and again]. I had to remain hopeful and resilient and, ‘Okay, let’s do it again.’”
She went on to add: “The more we learned about [surrogacy], the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us.”
When celebrity fitness expert Shaun T and husband Scott Blokker welcomed their twin sons, Sander Vaughn and Silas Rhys, they were proud to introduce their surrogate and share their appreciation for her.
Although their sons were born premature, the couple excitedly shared their gratitude for the woman who carried their baby, Ashley.
“MEET OUR SURROGATE, Ashley! First I wanna say, ITS UNBELIEVABLE how one person can completely change the course of your life!! Ashley is that person for us,” Shaun T penned in an Instagram post.
“Ashley, her husband, Michael, and their children are such selfless people and no words can describe our appreciation for them helping us build our family!”
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