In light of recent media reports announcing that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child, media coverage on the internet continues to educate readers about surrogacy. From parenting, celebrity, to health news media outlets, people are learning more about the surrogacy process and what it all means.
Kardashian and West are among many celebrities who sought out a surrogate to help them build their family. For many, celebrities are raising awareness on why surrogacy is needed.
On Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian has honestly and openly shared her pregnancy struggles. While she already has two children, reports have indicated that her doctor strongly recommended not having another high-risk pregnancy. To ensure her health and wellness, Kardashian and West have opted for surrogacy.
Celebrities who struggled with infertility and decided that surrogacy was the right choice for them include Amy Smart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Giuliana Rancic, Elizabeth Banks, and Nicole Kidman. These actors shared their experiences, touching so many people experiencing their own fertility battle.
What this has done is destigmatize infertility, a disease that affects one in eight American couples. Internationally, the World Health Organization indicates that 48 million couples are experiencing infertility. For decades, infertility was suffered in silence. Now, this shroud of silence is replaced by healing dialogue.
It’s important to point out that while surrogates help carry a child for intending parents, they are a voice for equality, conveying how everyone has the right to the love of a child. Many same-sex couples who have wanted to experience parenthood have also sought out a surrogate to help build their families such as Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, and Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burtka.
Regardless of whether someone is a celebrity or not, everyone feels the same void of sadness when they are unable to become pregnant because of health issues or not being able to have a traditional pregnancy due to their sexual orientation.
For the women who decide to become surrogates, they have already completed their families. They also all agree that helping people achieve their dream of parenthood meant everything in the world and that’s why they became surrogates, and for many, repeat surrogates.
The decision to pursue surrogacy is far from impetuous. It’s an extraordinary commitment for everyone involved including intending parents, surrogates, egg donors, surrogacy agencies, third-party reproductive attorneys, and fertility specialists.
It takes an incredible amount of resources and teamwork to make parenthood dreams come true so that everyone can experience the love of a child.