The gestational surrogate

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Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban pulled a fast one and had a baby without telling us. Congratulations to their family. And they used an alternative method of delivery: gestational surrogacy. Oddly she has been roundly criticized for pointing out the specifics of the surrogacy, that it was “gestational” as if that somehow lessens the contribution of the surrogate.

This is not the case. Having a baby is having a baby, no matter whose DNA shapes that baby. “I get emotional just talking about it, because I am so grateful,” she told Australia’s 60 Minutes in her first full interview on the topic.

Regarding the unusual reference to the surrogate as a “gestational carrier”, Kidman acknowledged the fallout. “We were trying to be accurate,” she said. “The term ‘gestational carrier’ is used if it’s your biological child and if it isn’t, then you use ‘surrogate’.” Having seen what other celebrities have been through when they chose non-traditional methods of creating their families, she and Urban decided to be specific at the announcement and answer the obvious questions first.

“Anyone who has been in the place of wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss you go through. Struggling with fertility is such a big thing and it’s not something that I would run away from talking about,” Kidman explained. She suffered an ectopic pregnancy with Tom Cruise prior to the adoption of her first two children. She gave birth to a daughter two years ago with husband Keith Urban.

Source: Daily Telegraph, 60 Minutes


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