Hollywood’s baby boom includes a variety of different ways in which celebrities add to their families. Many stars choose to adopt children, others conceive naturally, and others enlist the help of a surrogate mother to bring their bundles of joy into their lives.
Click below for a closer look at some of the celebrities whose babies were born via surrogate mothers.
Tabitha and Marion were born via a surrogate mother after Sarah Jessica Parker shared that she “tried and tried and tried to get pregnant.” But when she was unable to conceive, she and Broderick decided to use a surrogate mother to add to their family. She spoke very highly of the surrogate mom they chose, calling her “strong, bright, independent, thoughtful, caring, gracious and generous.”
Parker also shares, with regard to meeting her babies for the first time,
Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s—suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and—I can’t explain it except to say that nothing else existed. I don’t remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband’s face and their faces and my son’s. It’s literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It’s so different, and equally extraordinary. I am very poor at describing it. But it’s amazing.
Due to the nature of her high profile pregnancy, sadly, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s surrogate mother, Michelle Ross, was plagued by scandal when two police chiefs were accused of breaking into her home with the hopes of finding information they could sell to the tabloids.
But we’re glad to report that the end result of the drama is a happy family blessed with two adorable twin girls.
Of his decision to use a surrogate mother instead of adopting children, the singer told People Magazine,
Adoption was one option, but it’s complicated and can take a long time. Surrogacy was an intriguing and faster option. I thought, ‘I’m going to jump into this with no fear.
Martin also added that he flies solo when it comes to raising his kids, and does not enlist the help of a nanny saying,
I don’t have a nanny. I’m doing this on my own because I don’t want to miss a moment. I have a personal assistant who helps me, someone who takes care of me while I’m taking care of them, but I’m the one who changes the diapers, the one that feeds them, the one that bathes them, the one that puts them to sleep.
According to reports, the surrogate mother of Martin’s twin boys received such perks as “a weekly massage and a housekeeper.”
Ricky Martin also attributes his proud and bold move to come out as a homosexual to being inspired by his sons saying, “To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with.”
Click here to read more of Martin’s statement on coming out and feeling blessed.
Broadway actress of the famed musical Hairspray, Marissa Jaret Winokur underwent a hysterectomy at the age of 27 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Surrogacy was her “last chance” to become a mother and she elaborates on the decision to use a surrogate mother to add to your family saying,
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. That was their last option – that was their only option. It’s the most amazing, wonderful thing, but it’s also a really hard decision to make because you’re trusting the most important thing to somebody. For me, that was the only way I was going to have a baby, so I was like ‘I’m in, let’s go.’ There was no looking back. But for a lot of women, there are lots of different options, so it’s important to figure out what’s the best option for them.
She is still in contact with Zev‘s surrogate mother sharing,
Having a surrogate is a life-changing experience. At the end, you’re going to have a baby. For me, my surrogate is still in my life, my surrogate is still 100% part of my son’s life. That’s how I wanted to deal with it. Other people don’t want to deal with it.
After a three-year journey through hell, I’m elated, ecstatic and feel ultimately lucky to be able to announce I’m expecting my own child via surrogate in December.
After unsuccessful attempts to conceive with several failed surgeries for egg retrieval, artificial insemination and invitro fertilization, the star says the process of trying to become pregnant was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Stafford’s dreams came true when her daughter, Natalia Scout Lee Stafford was born on December 21, 2009. Her rep released the jubilant news that Michelle’s baby “is healthy, gorgeous, and amazing…” and that “Michelle is out of her mind happy.”
Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille have two children who were born via a surrogate mother, Mason Olivia, 8 and Jude Gordon, 5. Here the adorable kids are seen splashing in the ocean in Miami with their doting parents.
Finding out we were going to be parents was one of the happiest days of our lives.
The gleeful new parents added that the feeling of holding their girls for the first time was “the best, best, best in the world, world, world.”
Debbie Rowe is one of the most famous surrogate mothers ever known, having been thrust into the spotlight by giving birth to two of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s children, Prince and Paris. She was also briefly married to Jackson from 1996-1999 and upon their divorce, surrendered her parental rights to Jackson.
According to reports, Rowe’s eggs were not used when she acted as the surrogate mother, and the biological father is unknown, (although tabloids report that the father is Rowe’s former employer and Jackson’s dermatologist Arnold Klein), but in the custody hearings for Jackson’s children after his untimely passing, Rowe’s lawyer insisted that she was the biological mother of both children. Jackson’s third child, Blanket was not born of Rowe, and according to our previous reports here on Celebrity Baby Scoop, “the identity of Blanket’s mother has not been released by Jackson, but he has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm cells.
After Michael’s death, Rowe’s attorney said that Debbie, “…is inconsolable… she will always love Michael and she always considered him a dear friend.”
Jackson’s children are currently being raised by his mother, Katherine Jackson, in accordance with his will.
The family experienced a terrifying health scare when they babies were 12 days old and were accidentally administered a near fatal dose of blood thinning drug heparin at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Quaid Family has since settled with the hospital for $500,000 and free health care with regard to the heparin overdose.
The next celebrity baby born via surrogate mother may be the child of actor Neil Patrick Harris. Last year we reported that the star was searching for a surrogate. The actor responded to reports with the statement: “We are not currently expecting a baby. Maybe someday.”