What Is a Surrogate Mother?
There are two kinds:
Traditional surrogate. It’s a woman who gets artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm. They then carry the baby and deliver it for you and your partner to raise.
Gestational surrogates. A technique called “in vitro fertilization” (IVF) now makes it possible to gather eggs from the mother, fertilize them with sperm from the father, and place the embryo into the uterus of a gestational surrogate.
Who Uses Surrogates?
If you’re a woman, you may consider a surrogate for several reasons:
- Medical problems with your uterus
- You had a hysterectomy that removed your uterus
- Conditions that make pregnancy impossible or risky for you, such as severe heart disease
How to Choose a Surrogate
Right now there aren’t any regulations about who can be a surrogate mother. But experts agree on a few points about how to select one.
You should choose surrogates who:
- Are at least 21 years old
- Have already given birth to at least one healthy baby so they understand firsthand the medical risks of pregnancy and childbirth and the emotional issues of bonding with a newborn
- Have passed a psychological screening by a mental health professional to uncover any issues with giving up the baby after birth
- Sign a contract about their role and responsibilities in the pregnancy, such as prenatal care and agreeing to give you the baby after birth
11 Celebs Who Opted for Surrogacy and IVF for Childbirth
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta on Thursday announced that she and her husband, financial analyst Gene Goodenough have become parents to twins a son and a daughter through surrogacy. Zinta, who has been away from the big screen, said they have named their newborn babies Jai and Gia.
As Preity expands her family, we take a look at other Bollywood celebs who took the IVF and surrogacy route for childbirth.
Actress Shilpa Shetty announced the birth of her second child, baby girl named Samisha, in 2020, who was born through surrogacy.
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao welcomed their son Azaad in 2011 through IVF. Aamir has also encouraged couples to try IVF and surrogacy without feeling stigmatised about their own natural shortcomings.
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan youngest song AbRam in 2013 via surrogacy, recommended to them by Sohail and Seema Khan.
Ten years after the birth of their first child, Nirvaan, Seema and Sohail Khan decided to have another baby. When it could not happen naturally, they too had to seek medical help and opted for IVF surrogacy. Their second baby, Yohan, was born in June 2011, about 13 years after their marriage. They also recommended surrogacy to Shah Rukh Khah and Gauri Khan as well, as per report.
Farah has discussed how surrogacy can be miraculous for couples trying to have babies. Farah was 43 years old, when she had her triplets on February 2008. IVF is a blessing and I am really thankful as it has changed my life. A lot of factors today make it difficult for some couples to conceive, but we have solutions in the form of treatments, Farah said in a statement.
Karan Johar became a proud father to twins – Yash and Roohi after the director-producer opted for surrogacy. The twins were born in February 2017.
Tusshar became a single parent to his baby boy Laksshya via surrogacy. Laksshya was born in June 2016, and became the first grandchild of Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Tushar is still unmarried and remains a single parent to his son.
Producer Ekta Kapoor became a single mother to her son Ravie in January 2019, via surrogacy. She is also a doting aunt to her brother Tusshars son Lakshya. Tusshar too opted for surrogacy and raises son as a single parent.
Actress Sunny Leone and her husband Daniel Weber were blessed with twins after the couple opted for surrogacy. The twins were born in 2018.
Actor Shreyas Talpade and his wife Deepti embraced parenthood via surrogacy in May 2018. The couple named their daughter Aadya. The couple was married for 14 years together before they finally opted for surrogacy.
Actress Lisa Ray and her husband Jason Dehni welcomed their twin daughters – Sufi and Soleil via surrogacy in June 2018.