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Celebs Going the Surrogate Route

iol Lifestyle,  Feb 3, 2011
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Until recently, multicultural adoption was all the rage among the international glitterati. Now it’s surrogacy that is topping the hit parade.

Recently actress Nicole Kidman and her musician husband Keith Urban announced that they had welcomed a second daughter into the family on December 28. Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born to a surrogate mother at the Centennial Medical Centre.

The couple, both 43, are reportedly the biological parents.

Kidman has a history of fertility problems and miscarriage. She is known to have previously undergone IVF treatment.

“No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, particularly our gestational carrier,” they said in a press release.

It is speculated that the surrogate mother was paid for carrying the child. This practice is condoned in the US, but outlawed in Australia, Kidman’s homeland.

So-called altruistic surrogacy is now legal in Australia after it was decriminalised in Queensland last year. However it is illegal there to pay for a surrogate birth over and above reasonable costs.

Another famous pair, Sir Elton John and his legal partner, David Furnish, gave their first interview with their baby son, Zachary, in London earlier this week.

The legendary singer, 63, and Furnish, 48, became parents when Zachary was born to a surrogate mother on Christmas Day.

Speaking to OK! magazine, John said: “There just aren’t proper words to describe that feeling. It’s indescribable. It was just… We have a son! We have a son!”

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