1. Ricky Martin
Through his volunteering work with orphanages Ricky realized he wanted to be a dad. Ricky chose surrogacy because his career kept him quite busy and it seemed quicker and simpler to him than to go through the adoption process. 12 weeks into the carrier’s pregnancy – suprise! Twins were on the way. He is now the proud daddy of Matteo and Valentino. Who knows we may soon go to a Matteo Martin concert!
2. Nicole Kidman
After splitting with Tom Cruise and marrying Australian country singer Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman gave birth to a daughter, Sunday, in 2008.Then, she and Keith Urban opted for a gestational carrier to add another girl to their family: Faith, who’s biologically both of theirs, as of 2010.
3. Elton John
At 62 Elton John felt he was ready to become a dad. After being refused to adopt a Ukranian boy (the country bans same-sex couples from adopting) Elton and his partner, David Furnish, chose to use a surrogate mother. Baby Zachary was born in 2010, the couple then had another baby from the same surrogate mother, Elijah Joseph Daniel
4. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sex and the City starlet Sarah Jessica Parker went for the double home run. A surrogate brought Sarah twins, Loretta and Tabitha, into the world.
5 and 6. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka welcomed fraternal twins Gideon and Harper in 2010. Rumor has it that one is biologically Neil’s and the other is biologically David’s.
There are two kinds of surrogate mothers.
Traditional surrogates. Artificial insemination first made surrogacy possible. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. She then carries the baby and delivers it for the parents to raise. A traditional surrogate is the baby’s biological mother. That’s because it was her egg that was fertilized by the father’s sperm. Donor sperm can also be used for a traditional surrogacy.
Gestational surrogates. In vitro fertilization (IVF) now makes it possible to harvest eggs from the mother, fertilize them with sperm from the father, and place the embryo into the uterus of a gestational surrogate. The surrogate then carries the baby until birth. A gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. That’s because it wasn’t her egg that was used. A gestational surrogate is called the “birth mother.” The biological mother, though, is still the woman whose egg was fertilized.
In the U.S., gestational surrogacy is less complex legally. That’s because both intended parents have genetic ties to the baby. As a result, gestational surrogacy has become more common than a traditional surrogate. About 750 babies are born each year using gestational surrogacy.