While fertility struggles, difficult pregnancies and a host of challenging obstacles have long caused emotional hardships for families across the world, the rise of gestational surrogacy has given new hope to many, and quite a few of Hollywood's biggest stars have turned to the option to help them expand their families. Here are a few stars who have welcomed brand new bundles of joy via surrogate in recent years.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
The actress and the NBA star added a brand new bundle of joy to their family on Nov. 7, 2018, when they welcomed their baby girl, via surrogate. Union shared the happy news to her Instagram page the following day, along side some sweet photos of the couple cradling their new bundle of joy. "We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days," she wrote. "Welcome to the party sweet girl!"
Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo
The Molly's Game actress and her fashion executive husband reportedly welcomed their first child together, daughter Giulietta Passi Chastain, via surrogate in July, although news of the arrival didn't break until November. The famously private couple, who tied the knot in 2017, first sparked rumors that they had a little bundle of joy back in October, when Chastain was spotted on the Boston set of her upcoming movie, Eve, pushing a baby stroller. Passi de Preposulo was later photographed carrying a car seat into a hotel with his wife and her assistant.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
The reality star and the hip-hop superstar welcomed their third child on Jan. 15, 2018, as their surrogate gave birth to their baby girl, Chicago. A source told ET at the time that the proud parents were in the delivery room when their surrogate gave birth to their baby girl at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The couple was joined by Kris Jenner and Kim's sisters at the hospital, however, the family was not in the delivery room.
Tyra Banks and Erik Asla
The America's Got Talent host welcomed her first child, York Banks Asla, to the world via surrogate in January 2016, and wrote a sweet message on Instagram to thank the surrogate who carried the baby to term for her and longtime boyfriend Erik Asla. "The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin," the new mom shared. "As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone."
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen
Both of the couple's daughters were born via surrogate. The comedian and the film producer welcomed their eldest girl, Winnie, in July 2013, and their youngest, Frances, in December 2014. Before taking over The Tonight Show in 2013, Fallon opened up to the Today show's Savannah Guthrie about his family's fertility struggles, which began shortly after he wed Juvonen in 2007. "We've tried a bunch of things. Anyone who's tried will know, it's just awful," he shared. They kept both pregnancies quiet, explaining in that same interview about Winnie's birth, "We tried before, we told people and then it didn't happen. And it's just really depressing. It's really hard on everybody."
The Elementary star announced in August 2015 that she'd welcomed a baby boy via gestational carrier, and shared a heartwarming snapshot of her cradling her precious progeny in her arms. "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu," the actress captioned the super sweet black-and-white photo.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Though both of the couple's sons, Felix and Magnus, were born via surrogate in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Banks admitted that she had trouble accepting the idea of not carrying her own child as she had always hoped to do. “It helps that other moms had said that once they had their babies, they forgot they were ever pregnant,” she told Women’s Health in 2012. “So once my focus became the baby and not the pregnancy, it was a very easy decision.”
After Magnus' birth, the actress-director shared, “This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime. I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process, as well as the Center for Surrogate Parenting for helping make all this possible.”
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Kidman is a case study in the many ways one can have children. Her first two kids with ex-husband Tom Cruise, daughter Isabella and son Connor, were adopted, and she gave birth to Sunday, her first daughter with current spouse Keith Urban, in 2008. Their second daughter, Faith, arrived in December 2010 via surrogate. In order to keep the surrogate's identity private, the actress and the country singer didn't share their happy news for a couple of weeks. They did, however, eventually release a statement revealing the baby's name and that she was the couple's biological daughter, adding, "Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
The Grey's Anatomy star gave birth to her daughter, Stella, in 2009, but her younger girl, Sienna, was born via surrogate in October 2014, a journey the actress and her husband opted to keep private. After welcoming her second child to the world, Pompeo expressed her gratitude to her co-workers, tweeting, "Sienna was born via surrogate & I would like to thank my whole @ShondalandTV family for helping us enjoy these first few weeks privately."
Just hours later, she also gushed about the process while visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone's child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her -- she who will remain anonymous," the actress explained. "I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo. I saw the baby, and they put it in a thingy and they inseminated her. And then we held hands and we prayed, we talked to God, and [asked] if she was meant to be. He said he was going to try to help us out and now we have a gorgeous baby girl."
Katey Sagal and Kurt Suttet
The Married... With Children actress has two grown kids with her ex-husband, Jack White, but her third, tween daughter Esme, was born via surrogate in 2007 after she and her current husband, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, decided they wanted a biological child together. “When Kurt and I first got together, he wasn’t interested in having any more children,” she told People in 2017. “He was happy being the stepparent to Sarah and Jackson. But he’d never had his own biological children, so about five years into the relationship we started toying with the idea of maybe we should raise a child together.”
In her 50s at the time, Sagal knew she was too old to carry another child -- she also sadly experienced a stillbirth with her first daughter, Ruby, decades prior -- so they turned to surrogacy. “We went through the whole in vitro fertilization process and our embryos were not really strong, but we thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot and if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.' And if it wasn’t, we weren’t going to do it," she explained. “But then our little Esme came through. That’s why we call her our little miracle, our beautiful miracle.”
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field
The excited couple revealed in September 2018 that they'd secretly welcomed their third child together via surrogate in a lengthy Instagram post that Field shared. Alongside a photo of Williams and Field's clasped hands and the tiny hands of their three kids, including their newborn baby, the TV personality wrote, "I spy with my little eye an extra little hand," Field captioned the cute snapshot. "So we have been keeping a very special secret! We are delighted to share with you that we have had a baby girl….welcome to the world Colette (Coco) Josephine Williams!! It has been a very long and difficult path to get here, which is why we have kept it on the down low. Family comes in all forms, and this little lady, who is biologically ours, was carried by an incredible surrogate mother, to whom we will be eternally grateful. We are over the moon to have this beautiful baby girl in our lives and so blessed that we live in a world which makes this possible."
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Though Parker gave birth to the couple's son, James, in 2002, they had to look at other options when it came to expanding their family further. “Well, you know, 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. This was one of the things we discussed with seriousness that had real possibilities for us," she told Access Hollywood in 2009, explaining that they made the choice because they were not "able to have successful pregnancies since my son’s birth.” Parker and Broderick's twin girls, Tabitha and Marion, were born in 2009.
Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse
About a month after her daughter, Flora, was born in December 2016, Smart made the surrogacy reveal to fans via Instagram. "One month ago today, Dec. 26th our amazing beautiful daughter came into this world," the Justified actress captioned a heartwarming photo of her holding her beautiful baby. "Feeling so grateful to have her in my arms... after years of fertility struggles, I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her." Smart and Oosterhouse got married in September 2011 in Michigan, where the HGTV star was born.
Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form
Both of the Fast & Furious actress' boys were born via surrogate. The couple, married since 2017, welcomed Julian in 2014 and Rowan in 2016. As for why she chose this form of pregnancy, Brewster told Yahoo Parenting in 2015 that "for me it wasn’t a choice." "I needed to use a surrogate. But I didn’t feel judged, it’s more like I felt awkward," she revealed. "I feel a little left out when other moms talk about what their birth experience was like, and I feel the loss of not having carried or having been able to carry... There are so many women who are young and have to go through IVF and feel like they can’t talk about it, and that’s really unfortunate."
GloZell Green and Kevin Simon
The YouTube star and her husband didn't hide their fertility issues from fans, sharing their fertility struggles through a go90 and Awestruck web series. When their daughter, O'Zell Gloriana De Green Simon (named after Green's father, mother and sister), was born in August 2016, Green even shared a picture of their surrogate, Shawna Johnson, with their newborn in the hospital. “I'm excited to learn what message my daughter has for me because she really wants to be here,” GloZell told Parents.com. “We went through a course of three [IVF] shots a day for two weeks for five months to finally get enough embryos to implant into Shawna. This is a soul who really wants to be here.” Sadly, Green and Simon went the surrogate route again in hopes of welcoming a second child, but in February 2017, they suffered a miscarriage.