Childbirth is literally the creation of life itself. We were all made by it, we all know what it is, but unfortunately the process doesn’t go smoothly for everyone. From miscarriages to infertility, so many things can prevent a couple from having a baby. Luckily, there are SO many options out there for couples having issues having children. And with so many professional celebrities hustling for such a long time before settling down, a lot of your favorite celebs are having these same issues. Let’s take a look at your favorite celebrities who used alternative birthing methods after having pregnancy complications.
Maria Menounos and Keven Undergaro – Had a Bad Experience with IVF
Former WWE wrestler Maria Menounos has always very vocal about her IVF treatments on social media, trying everything to start a family. She has had a bad experience of IVF, not having any real luck with the process. Last year Maria revealed that she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor the size of golf ball. She luckily had a successful brain surgery last november, but she recently said that she is “thankful that she wasn’t pregnant when the tumor was discovered, because it would’ve affected the pregnancy.”
Emma Thompson – Adopted a Child After Many Attempts to Produce a Second Sibling
Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise were trying to produce a sibling for their daughter, Gaia, but after a very length round of unsuccessful in-vitro fertilization, Emma and Greg gave in. She went into a deep depression, and they ended up adopting 16-year-old named Tindyebwa Agaba and saved him from his life as a child soldier in war-torn Rwanda.
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance – Used a Surrogate
American Horror Story star and all-around queen Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance were featured on the ‘Oprah Show’ when they publicly revealed that they were going to use a surrogate after years of IVF. Luckily that was the answer to their problems and their surrogate birthed twins on January 28th, 2006.
Kate Walsh – Went Through Early Menopause
This Grey’s Anatomy star, still fairly young at age 50, went on air with Mario Menounos in 2015 to reveal that she went through early menopause in her 30s. Going through a divorce in 2011, Kate is not currently seeing anyone, but has publicly expressed she wants to have kids. She just wants to do it with someone she loves, and she has yet to find that one.
Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic – Medications Prevent Her From Bearing Children
Giuliana, well-known TV host and reality star, opened up recently on her reality show about her current state of affairs with child-bearing. Giuliana has been privately battling breast cancer, which is why their first child was produced by a surrogate. But more recently, Giuliana and Bill have been trying to have another surrogate child, and their surrogate sadly had a miscarriage. Giuliana described it as a “painful and traumatic ordeal.”
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvonen
Late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon and his beautiful wife Nancy Juvonen now have two lovely daughters name Winnie and Frances, but for over 5 years they two were struggling with infertility. The couple tried everything at their disposal, but unfortunately nothing worked. They eventually settled on using a surrogate for their two children, but Fallon had these words of wisdom for trying would-be parents. “I know people have tried much longer , but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope … just hang in there,” Fallon said, adding, “Try every avenue; try anything you can do, ’cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It is the most ‘worth it’ thing.”
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick – Couple Settled on Surrogate after Years of Trying
Sarah and Matthew’s first born son ‘James’ was born in 2002 and was the only child naturally birthed by Sarah. After James was born, the couple wanted to create a few siblings, but they were having trouble conceiving. Like many on this list, they ended up going with a surrogate. The twins Marion and Tabitha were born in 2009.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – Ended up Using Gestational Carrier
When married to Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman adopted their two children, Connor and Isabella. But when Nicole split with Tom and married Keith Urban, the two welcomed their daughter “Sunday Rose” at age 41. However, after struggling to bring another child into the world for many years, Nicole and Keith decided to use a Gestational Carrier. For those who are curious, gestational surrogacy is the like a hybrid of IVF and standard surrogacy, where the males sperm fertilizes the surrogates egg. This way of surrogacy has since become standard, as it ensures the genes of both the mother and father in the child, and not the father and the surrogate.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman – Has a “Broken Belly”
When Elizabeth welcomed her son ‘Felix’ into this world in 2011, she revealed that Felix was conceived by a gestational surrogate. Telling fans in a Lucky Magazine interview, “The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a ‘baby cake’ and bake it in another woman’s ‘oven. It was a womb issue for me, Embryos wouldn’t implant.'”
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness – Couple End Up Adopting After Struggling to Have Children
Hugh and Deborra-Lee spent years trying various fertility treatments and experienced multiple miscarriages. After years of disappointment, they decided on adopting children.