There are many ways to have a family in 2021, including adopting, IVF treatments, and surrogacy.
A surrogate is a person who has a fertilized embryo implanted in their uterus, and then carries the baby.
Recently, it was reported that Hilaria and Alec Baldwin used a surrogate for their sixth baby.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin welcomed their sixth baby, Lucia, in March 2021, only six months after Baldwin gave birth to their son Eduardo in September 2020. Sources have since confirmed the two used a surrogate to grow their family.
They're not the only celebrities to turn to surrogates. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West used a surrogate twice, for their children Chicago and Psalm, due to a life-threatening condition Kardashian developed with her first two pregnancies.
Lucy Liu also used a surrogate to become a mother, as she wasn't sure when she was going to stop working - this allowed her to balance both work and parenthood.
Keep scrolling to learn more about celebrities who used surrogates.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin announced the birth of their sixth child in March 2021, only six months after Hilaria gave birth to their fifth child.
The Baldwins haven't publicly commented on how their latest addition came into the world, but as Hilaria gave birth six months ago to their son, Eduardo, it's likely that Lucia was either carried by a surrogate or adopted. A source confirmed to People that, in fact, they had used a surrogate.
"We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia," Hilaria Baldwin captioned a photo of the baby on Instagram. "Just like your brothers and sisters, you are a dream come true."
Anderson Cooper announced he welcomed his first son, Wyatt, via surrogate during his news broadcast in 2020.
Cooper's son was born on April 27, 2020, and he announced it to the world three days later, on April 30. "As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child. I'm grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," he said.
"Most of all, I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him," he continued. "It's an extraordinary blessing, which she and all surrogates give to families who can't have children."
He plans to raise his son with his ex-boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani. The two split in 2018 after at least four years together.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed two of their four children via surrogates, as it was unsafe for Kardashian to get pregnant.
After developing placenta accreta, a potentially life-threatening condition, after her first two pregnancies, Kardashian turned to surrogacy for her two youngest kids, Chicago and Psalm.
She didn't find surrogacy easy, though.
"You know, it is really different," Kardashian told ET. "Anyone that says or thinks it is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way, because you are not really in control. And, you know, obviously you pick someone that you completely trust and that you have a good bond and relationship with, but it is still ... knowing that I was able to carry my first two babies and not, you know, my baby now, it's hard for me. So, it's definitely a harder experience than I anticipated just in the control area."
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed their twins, Tabitha and and Marion, via surrogate in 2009.
"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," Parker told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.
The couple also have a son, James Wilkie, whom Parker carried herself.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka also welcomed twins Gideon and Harper via surrogate in 2010.
"It's a lot harder for gay guys [to have kids], although we tried," Burtka said during an appearance on "Wendy."
He shared that two different women were involved. "There was an egg donor, a wonderful woman who was anonymous," he said. "We took two of our best guys and implanted them into her eggs, two different eggs." That way, they don't know which twin is biologically theirs. Then, they used a different woman to be surrogate.
Tyra Banks and Erik Asla's son, York, was born in 2016 with the help of a surrogate.
"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. 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. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world," the supermodel wrote on Instagram.
Lucy Liu called surrogacy the "best solution for me." Her son Rockwell was born in 2015.
"[Surrogacy] just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn't know when I was going to be able to stop," Liu told People. "I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great."
Both of Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's sons were born via surrogate.
Their first son, Felix, was born in 2011. Banks called him her "miracle baby," and openly shared what made her and her husband turn to surrogacy on her website.
"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy. From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means 'happy' and 'lucky' in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life," she wrote.
Their second son, Magnus, was born in 2012, also with the help of a surrogate. "Like Felix, Magnus was born via gestational surrogate. This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime," Banks wrote.
Andy Cohen welcomed his son, Benjamin, in February 2019.
"I'm in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I'm a dad. Wow," he wrote on Instagram.
He had previously thanked his surrogate when he revealed he was expecting a son in December 2018. "Thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future. Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something that I have wanted in my heart for my entire life," he said on an episode of "Watch What Happens Live."
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery's second and third children were carried by surrogates.
"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. I was there with her when they inseminated her, and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo," she told Jimmy Kimmel in 2014.
One of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's daughters was carried by a surrogate.
Their second daughter, Faith, was born via gestational surrogate in 2011. "Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," they said, according to a statement. "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."
The couple also shares a daughter, Sunday Rose, that Kidman gave birth to in 2008.
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance's twins were born via surrogate in 2006.
The couple shared that they had been through seven years of multiple failed rounds of IVF before learning about surrogacy from a friend. "She began to tell me about the idea of surrogacy. The more we learned about it, the more we began to think that perhaps this was an answer for us," Bassett told Oprah in 2007.
Their twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, were born in January 2006.
Katey Sagal and Kurt Sutter's daughter, Esmé, was born in 2007 via surrogate.
The "Sons of Anarchy" couple welcomed Esmé in 2007. The two weren't originally planning on having kids together, Sagal told People. "When Kurt and I first got together, he wasn't interested in having any more children. He was happy being the step-parent to Sarah and Jackson [her children with her ex Jack White]. 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."
"We headed down the adoption road at the same time we were investigating the surrogacy road and left it up to whatever happened first, because we weren't attached to either way," Sagal told OK! magazine in 2007. "Our surrogacy situation just fell into place really easily."
Ricky Martin and husband Jwan Yosef have four kids together.
Martin first welcomed twins Valentino and Matteo in 2008 as a single parent.
"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,'" he told People at the time.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic welcomed their son, Duke, via surrogate after Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The E! host and her husband had been going through IVF when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Before she underwent a double mastectomy and radiation, they retrieved eggs and eventually used a surrogate for the birth of their son, Duke.
Since the birth of Duke, the couple have been extremely open about their journey to have another baby. In 2015, Giuliana revealed that their surrogate had miscarried with their last embryo.
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen's two daughters were both carried by surrogates.
"My wife and I had been trying a while to have a baby. We tried a bunch of things — so we had a surrogate," and decided to keep it a secret until their first daughter, Winnie, was born. "We said, 'We're not going to tell anybody.' It'd be just more fun if it's just private between me and my wife. And then we get to introduce her to everybody."
They repeated the secrecy with the birth of their second daughter, Frances.
Elton John and David Furnish used the same surrogate for both sons.
According to The Telegraph, both of their sons, Zachary and Elijah, were carried by the same surrogate three years apart.
Jordana Brewster and her then-husband Andrew Form's two sons were both born via surrogate.
The "Fast and Furious" star and her now ex-husband welcomed both sons, Rowan and Julian, via surrogate in 2013 and 2016.
"I didn't really have a choice about being open, since it was obvious I wasn't pregnant. And 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. Even recently, we were at this baby group and the teacher made the assumption 'Well, you all birthed your children' and I couldn't be like, 'Well, actually…' So sometimes 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. But luckily I keep my circle tight and close, so I never feel judged," she told Yahoo!
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcomed a "miracle baby" via surrogate in 2018.
Union was already a stepmother to Wade's three children from his previous marriage, but the two welcomed a daughter of their own, Kaavia, in 2018.
"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. Welcome to the party sweet girl," Wade shared on Twitter.
Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez welcomed their daughter, Zeppelin, via surrogate after Sanchez sadly suffered a late-term miscarriage.
The "Friday Night Lights" alum and his wife, "Kingdom" actress Sanchez, were overjoyed to the announce the birth of their daughter Zeppelin via surrogate in December 2017.
"We have always wanted to be parents, and Zeppelin has made our dreams come true," they said in a statement to People.
Dennis Quaid and then-wife Kimberly Buffington's twins were carried by a surrogate.
George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have a daughter, Everest, who was carried by a surrogate.
Lucas has three other adopted children, in addition to his biological daughter Everest, who was born in 2013.
Robert De Niro has used surrogates for three of his children, with both Toukie Smith and Grace Hightower.
In total, De Niro has six children. With Toukie Smith, De Niro has a set of twins, Julian and Aaron, born in 1995 with the help of a gestational carrier.
The "Irishman" star also has two children with ex-wife Grace Hightower. Hightower gave birth to their son, Elliot, in 1998. In 2011, they welcomed a daughter Helen, via surrogate.
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