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American Idol Alum Welcomes Twins through Surrogacy

FertilityAuthority, November 22, 2010

Former American Idol contestant and platinum-selling rocker Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna welcomed fraternal twins into their family last Wednesday. The babies, born through gestational surrogacy, join elder siblings Hannah and Griffin at home.

“Our family is overwhelmed with joy by these two precious gifts from God,” Chris said on his website. “The babies are both healthy and resting. Thanks to everyone for their love and prayers.”

In May, Chris and his wife announced that they were expecting twins. Deanna had a partial hysterectomy in 2006, so the couple turned to assisted reproductive technology to build their family. They underwent IVF and transferred the embryos to a gestational surrogate.

With gestational surrogacy, a surrogate is implanted with an embryo, which can come from the couple or separate donors. Because the gestational surrogate did not use her own eggs for the pregnancy, the child is not related biologically to the surrogate.

The fraternal twins, named Adalynn Rose and Noah James, are the couple's first children. The twins’ older siblings are Deanna’s children from a previous marriage.

Chris and his wife Deanna join a growing number of celebrities who have built their families through surrogacy. Other celebrities who used surrogacy include Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kelsey Grammer and his wife, and Ricky Martin.