Most people dream of having children, but for a variety of reasons — including medical conditions, age, or being a member of the LGBT community — it’s not possible for the couple to conceive through natural methods. But thanks to modern medicine and willing surrogates, anybody who wants to be a parent has this opportunity. Here are 10 celebrities who have gotten to experience the joys of raising children as a result of surrogacy.
Thanks to a surrogate, the prominent CNN host, who came out of the closet in 2012, welcomed his son Wyatt — named after his father — on April 27, 2020. Anderson, who stated that as a kid who understood that he was gay, he never imagined that he’d ever be able to have a child of his own. But he was very grateful to the surrogate as well as the professional medical staff who made it a reality. Although he has since broken up with his partner, both are very much involved in Wyatt’s life.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
When Harris and spouse Burtka were ready to have children, the process of searching for an ideal surrogate was simple: they looked through profiles until they came across the right woman. It turned out that she had previously been a surrogate for another gay couple and thus was familiar with the process. Each of them donated sperm to an egg and both happened to fertilize, resulting in Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. They have chosen not to know which child is whose.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
Actress Union spent years trying to conceive through fertility treatments, but had to overcome her feeling of failure after subsequent miscarriages. She finally accepted the idea that having a child through a surrogate is nothing to be ashamed of. Thus in 2018 she and the future NBA Hall-of-Famer welcomed daughter Kaavia James into their lives. Wade also has three children — Xavier, Zaya and Zaire — from his previous marriage to Siohvaughn Funches.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
In March 2021 the Baldwins announced completely out of the blue that they were welcoming a new daughter via a surrogate — named Maria Lucia as a nod to her mother’s fake Spanish ancestry — when just 6 months earlier Hilaria had given birth naturally to Eduardo Pao Lucas, which coincidentally is the name of our favorite Spanish resort town.