Surrogacy is making headlines lately with the reported hiring of a gestational surrogate by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. For Kardashian, using a surrogate helps her to recognize her dreams of a large family and a new sibling for her children North (4) and Saint (1).
After a complicated pregnancy with her youngest, Kardashian was told by her doctor that she should not conceive and carry another pregnancy, both to protect her own health and that of her baby. During her both of her pregnancies, Kardashian was diagnosed with placenta accreta, which is when the placenta is not delivered normally after giving birth.
According to Kardashian, "I always knew surrogacy was an option, now it's my reality. Whatever is meant to be will be."
Kardashian and West reportedly worked with an agency to find a gestational surrogate to carry Baby West Number Three. As a gestational surrogate, their carrier will not be genetically related to the baby.
There are plenty of rules that Kardashian and West have put into motion for their surrogate, both to protect her and the baby she carries. These include restrictions from alcohol, drugs and certain foods, among other stipulations. Many of these are common restrictions given to any pregnant woman.
They're reportedly paying the surrogate $45,000 in monthly installments of $4,500 over the course of 10 months. They also have paid their agency $68,850 for placement costs and other related fees.
Kardashian and West are not the first celebrity couple to choose surrogacy for expanding their family. Tyra Banks, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker have also used surrogates to grow their own families.
As surrogacy becomes more accepted and mainstream, it's encouraging to see celebrities normalize the practice. For women like Kim Kardashian, choosing a surrogate comes as a solution to complex fertility problems and difficulty with carrying her own children.
However, only about five percent of couples facing infertility end up choosing to work with a gestational surrogate. As the practice becomes more popular and celebrities help to dispel the stigma associated with surrogacy, this percentage will likely increase.
We wish our best to Kim and Kanye on this new step in their family journey and can't wait to meet the third little West baby!