From couples like Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick to Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, surrogacy is a very common choice for celebrities. Many have used surrogates in addition to their own traditional pregnancies, while some have only ever chosen surrogacy for their family planning needs. If you’re wondering why celebrity surrogacy is so popular, learn more about their possible reasons when you explore this Family Creations blog.

Health Risks

Some celebrity surrogacies come after they had several children naturally. There are a number of medical conditions that may result in a high-risk pregnancy. If anyone suffers from one of several conditions, their doctor will recommend that they avoid pregnancy. Some of the most common high-risk pregnancy conditions include:

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Heart Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Placenta Accreta

Any celebrity that suffers from these may choose surrogacy rather than risk serious consequences to them or their unborn child.

Inability to Conceive

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Some celebrity surrogacies are the result of infertility or same-sex couples who need additional assistance when it comes to family planning. Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen are one celebrity couple that struggled to conceive and chose to have children through surrogacy.

About 14 out of every 100 couples struggle with infertility. Over six million women and three million men in the United States suffer from fertility issues. While many succeed in conceiving a child after undergoing fertility treatments, others must use alternative family planning methods such as surrogacy or adoption.

For those celebrities who are same-sex couples, like Elton John and David Furnish, they choose surrogacy because there is still the option of using a parent’s DNA to create a child. Some decide adoption is the right choice for them, but celebrity surrogacy is not uncommon for those who want a biological child.


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Some celebrities are past their prime child-bearing years. From career-focused women who didn’t have time to start a family to women who met their significant others later in life, surrogacy is a common choice for women whose age makes it dangerous or impossible for them to conceive. Katey Sagal from the sitcom Married with Children is one example. She actually had several biological children with her first husband, but when she remarried and realized her new husband wanted a biological child, they had to choose celebrity surrogacy because she could not conceive at her age.

As medicine advances, women are getting pregnant much later in their lives, but doctors still recommend that you conceive before age 35. Late age pregnancies often have higher risks of complications, including:

  • Birth Defects
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Premature Birth
  • Still Birth
  • Miscarriage

Lucy Liu, Ellen Pompeo, and Nicole Kidman all used celebrity surrogacy when they decided they wanted to have another child after age 40.

Alternative Family Planning
Like all couples who choose to use surrogacy to build their family, these celebrities had agencies to help them find the right surrogate. If you’re hoping to have a child through surrogacy, Family Creations is the best resource for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help.

by Julia McConnell | Last updated on : July 5, 2023