Last updated on Feb 13th, 2017 at 09:24 am

When fertility problems knocked on their door, these celebrities fought back and used surrogacy to make their dream of having a family come true

It’s such a special time in any couple’s life … deciding to take the ‘next step’ and have children. Life changing to say the least. Unfortunately, falling pregnant does not come easy for many people. Fertility issues are a common problem for men and women. In fact, did you know that  research shows 30 to 50% of the time infertility is caused by the male?

Luckily for us, there have been so many amazing developments in the world of fertility over the years, giving great hope to couples who have been struggling for what must feel like forever to conceive. But, where there is a will there’s always a way …

Will that way be easy? Probably not and it’s also very, very expensive!

A couple I know used IVF and described it as an emotional roller coaster. Another friend and her husband tried for three years before seeing a fertility specialist – a few months later, she was pregnant- they’d gone the artificial insemination route.

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Another solution which many celebrities like Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett have made use of, is surrogacy. 

What is surrogacy and how does it work?

Basically, it’s when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for a couple who want to have a child. How does surrogacy work?

Full surrogacy – the implantation of an embryo created using either:

  • the eggs and sperm of the intended parents
  • a donated egg fertilised with sperm from the intended father
  • an embryo created using donor eggs and sperm

Partial surrogacy – sperm from the intended father and an egg from the surrogate. Here fertilisation is (usually) done by artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Take a look through our gallery of celebrities who used surrogacy to become parents