3 Celebrities open up about their IVF, Adoption and Surrogacy
For some, the desire to have children is so strong that they will do almost anything. As the mother of two children myself, I truly believe that to be a parent is an experience that simply can not be described fully. There are as many moments that take your breath as moments that drive you a little crazy. Some Celebrities also have the desire to be a parent, some have children naturally while others need a little helping hand via IVF, adoption or surrogacy.
Let’s follow the journey of some celebrities who have children via other means.
1. Perez Hilton – American celebrity blogger – Surrogacy
It’s for this reason, we surprised to see the single father-of-three, opening up so quickly to his campmates about his very personal surrogacy journey.
“It was really easy for me to have a child through surrogacy. You know, I got this agency who helped facilitate everything and I found my egg donor very quickly,” he explains.
Speaking to the camera, Perez adds: “The way I did it, my children are my own biological kids. My sperm with an egg donor and then a separate surrogate that carried the children, and I love it. Just mentioning my kids right now puts a smile on my face. I love it. I love my kids.”
Perez goes onto say that surrogacy is very expensive. “The way I did it, it was like $US200,000 per child, which is a lot.”
2. Amy Schumer – Comedian and Movie Star – IVF
shares ‘ gruelling’ IVF journey, says she’s ‘lucky’ to get ‘1 normal embryo’
Amy Schumer is opening up about the “gruelling” in the vitro fertilization process and helping others on the journey “feel less alone.”
The comedian shared in early January that she was undergoing IVF treatments and that she and husband Chris Fischer were freezing embryos with hopes of growing their family in the future. They share son Gene, born May 2018.
The “Growing” star, 38, gave an update on Instagram over Valentine’s Day weekend.
“They retrieved 35 eggs from me. Not bad for the old gal right? Then 26 fertilized! Whoah right? For all of those we got 1 normal embryo,” she shared.
IVF is the process in which mature eggs are collected from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab, the Mayo Clinic explains. Then the embryos can be frozen or transferred to a uterus.
“We feel lucky we got 1. But what a drop off right?” Schumer wrote.
The actress has been very transparent about her IVF journey, even listing her phone number in her Instagram bio in order to connect with others going through the “painful and mentally grueling” process.
In January, Schumer shared an intimate photo of her bare stomach covered in bruises.
“I’m a week into IVF and feeling really run down and emotional. If anyone went through it and if you have any advice or wouldn’t mind sharing your experience with me please do,” she wrote.
The new mom also got real with fans during her rough pregnancy. She suffered the effects of hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) throughout the nine months. It forced her to cancel numerous shows but it also made for great Instagram posts and stand-up fodder.
3. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness – Actors – Adoption
Actress Deborra-Lee Furness has spoken candidly about her adoption journey with husband Hugh Jackman.
On Sunday, the Australian-born star wrote a column in Stellar Magazine about her experience of adopting the couple’s children: Oscar, 18, and Ava, 13.
‘The universe had a plan in place,’ the 63-year-old wrote lovingly of their family, who are notoriously private.
‘The universe had a plan in place’: On Saturday, actress Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured) spoke about husband Hugh Jackman and their two children Oscar and Ava
Deborra-Lee spoke about the adoption process a decade ago, with her initially going to Melbourne to start the journey back in the noughties.
However, the family later opted to adopt in the US, where the laws surrounding adoption are less draconian, which she said prompted questions.
‘Those who knew that Hugh and I had adopted our children Oscar and Ava in the US would come up to me in the street and ask: ‘Why is it so hard to adopt in Australia?’
She said this prompted her to call the editor of The Daily Telegraph, which soon led to her meeting with the Prime Minister at the time to speak about the issue.
Now the founder of Adopt Change, an advocacy group who campaigns to make adoption easier in Australia, Deborra-Lee slammed current legislation.
Deborra-Lee said: ‘The security of love helps develop self-esteem, building a child’s confidence and helping them contribute all they have to offer.’
‘The universe had a plan in place,’ the 63-year-old wrote lovingly of their family. Deborra-Lee is pictured with husband Hugh Jackman in a recent social media snap
‘Still today, tens of thousands of children are stuck in the statutory care system, not knowing what it is to find permanency with their carers.’
Deborra-lee has spoken out before about the importance of fostering children, during an interview with Channel Nine’s Today Show in December.
‘Everything in life is not easy. We all have our hurdles and our challenges, these kids have extra hurdles right from the get go,’ the actress said.
Deborra-Lee went on to explain how Australians can support children who have ‘aged out’ of the foster care system after turning 18.
‘You don’t have to adopt a child to be involved here. Reach out to a kid transitioning from foster care [to] going to college, hopefully,’ she said.
She added: ‘Give them a computer, ring them up to see how their grades are, just to let them know someone cares.’
This year, Deborra-Lee and Hugh marked 23 years of marriage together.
The famous Australian couple met on the set of ABC drama Correlli in 1995 when Hugh was fresh out of acting school.So happy! This year, Deborra-Lee and Hugh marked 23 years of marriage together. The famous Australian couple met on the set of ABC drama Correlli in 1995.
No matter which way to are able to or choose to have a family, there is one thing that is certain, you will never experience a love so unconditional. Make the right choice for your family and circumstance and enjoy being called either Mum or Dad.