Yesterday, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West announced the birth of their third child, a “healthy, beautiful baby girl.” Their newest daughter, whose name has not been revealed, was born January 15 at 12:47 AM and weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces. But unlike the West’s first two children, North and Saint, Kim did not give birth to their third child, as the couple opted for a surrogate instead.
The celebrity couple decided to opt for surrogacy after Kim had several health issues during her first two pregnancies. Last year, her doctor told her that she would not be able to carry a third baby to term safely. Initially, Kim was understandably hesitant about having another woman carry her child, fearing she may not feel as close to a baby she did not give birth to. However, with some encouragement from Kanye, they agreed to go the surrogacy route. And now the social media mogul and rapper have successfully welcomed their third child into the world. In a released statement, Kim made sure to express her and Kanye’s immense gratitude for their surrogate.
“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care,” she said.
Kim and Kanye may be the most high profile couple to have a baby via surrogacy but, in reality, they are just the latest parents to embrace the increasingly common birth method. While it is nearly impossible to track the exact number of surrogate births in America, there is no doubt that they have become increasingly popular over the years, as a surrogate birth allows for people to become parents, though they may not have been able to otherwise have kids. There may still be some social stigma surrounding surrogacy compared to traditional pregnancy, but celebrities like Kim and Kanye or Ronaldo deciding to have children via surrogates are helping to break these unnecessary and outdated biases.