Happy 1st Birthday Felix Handelman!

Name: Felix Handleman

Date of Birth: March 30, 2011

Parents: Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman

Siblings: None


  • Felix was born via a gestational carrier/surrogate
  • His name means “happy” and “lucky” in Latin
  • Elizabeth & Max have remained fairly low key since the birth of their baby boy


“It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant. It’s a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. And it’s hard losing that kind of control. But our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie.” – Elizabeth on her surrogacy experience.

“I hate being away from him for even 10 seconds. My plan is that when Felix is 15, we’ll go skydiving together. I mean, the guy is fierce and fearless, and I’m hoping he stays that way. Because I want to be that mom. The one who takes her kid skydiving.” – Elizabeth on motherhood.

“Just over a year ago, my son Felix was born via gestational surrogacy. He came out of me nine months early and because of my broken belly, his babycake was baked in a wonderful angel’s oven and now — I can’t believe it — he’s a year old and walking. He has expanded my capacity for joy a thousand-fold” – Elizabeth on her sweet son

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Photo credit: NPG.com

  • Anabelle

    A little confused by the statement “Just over a year ago, my son Felix was born via gestational surrogacy” considering he’s 1-yr-old today. x

    • Janna

      Good question. Maybe when she wrote the piece she was told it would be published after March 30th?

      I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, and she’s like your best friend from down the street. I think this baby really completed her, and I couldn’t be happier for her.

  • Gina

    I AM a surrogate and am currently 36 weeks pregnant with an amazing little girl for even more amazing parents!!! Congrats to Elizabeth and her family!

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