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Would You Use a 'Gestational Carrier' to Have a Baby Like Nicole Kidman Did?

Living 2011/01/17 22:26:00
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Big news: Nicole Kidman has a newborn baby girl!

But wait a minute: We just saw her Sunday night at the Golden Globes, and she wasn't even pregnant.

Here's the catch: Kidman and her husband Keith Urban gave birth via "gestational carrier" -- more commonly known as surrogate.

"Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman and their 2-year old daughter Sunday Rose, today announced a new addition to their family, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban. Born through a gestational carrier at Nashville's Centennial Womens Hospital on December 28, 2010, Faith Margaret is Urban and Kidman's biological daughter," their publicists said.

The couple also released the following statement:

"Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier."

All we have to say is "Go, Nic." Kidman is 43 -- an age at which bearing a child is not always so easy. We recently met a man whose wife went down the same road due to fertility problems.

Some people might find it weird, but we think it's wonderful that there are women out there willing to offer their services as "gestational carriers." On the flip side, we're sure these women wish they had an easier way to make money.

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  • Thea Philo-P... 2011/01/18 15:00:17
    Thea
    +2
    If men had to go through labor pains, gestational carriers would be an institution.
  • Philo-P... Thea 2011/01/18 15:42:38
    Philo-Publius
    +1
    Haha! That's true!
  • xcheshirecat 2011/01/18 01:59:03
    No
    xcheshirecat
    +2
    I would adopt. Too many kids without parents. I would addopt even if I can have kids, but I may not have the money.
    But if you have the money for the carrier, you can adopt a child and do more good
  • Mog of War xcheshi... 2011/01/18 05:40:24
    Mog of War
    And the two are not mutually exclusive options. Families can grow.
  • xcheshi... Mog of War 2011/01/18 17:51:11
    xcheshirecat
    still, I think the better we could do would be to start with giving a home to every already existing kids
  • Poetic Ramblings 2011/01/18 01:56:25
    Sure, why not?
    Poetic Ramblings
    If I wanted children and this was the only way.
    I'd try to adopt first though, if I found out I was incapable of having children.
  • FanOreilly 2011/01/18 01:49:22
    No
    FanOreilly
    +1
    I thought mothers were 'gestational carriers'?

    mothers gestational carriers Pregnant mom
  • justonemom 2011/01/18 01:48:52
    No
    justonemom
    nice, use the term gestational carrier, it's so not human sounding, unlike surrogate mother.
  • Mog of War justonemom 2011/01/18 05:37:58
    Mog of War
    +3
    But the term surrogate mother is confusing and ambiguous. Since it literally means someone taking the role of mother... So it could mean she's bearing another woman's child, or it could mean she's taking care of another woman's child. The term could even be used to describe men who have taken over the role of a departed wife in caring for children. Gestational carrier is a specifier that removes this ambiguity.
  • justonemom Mog of War 2011/01/18 21:21:22
    justonemom
    Surrogate carrier sounds better to me.
  • Brother Bo 2011/01/18 01:46:00
    Undecided
    Brother Bo
    Gee... I want a kid, but to hell with being an actual mother... This was a production, not a child.
  • Poetic ... Brother Bo 2011/01/18 01:54:57
    Poetic Ramblings
    How was she a production?
    By your logic, being adopted would make you not an actual child.
  • Brother Bo Poetic ... 2011/01/18 14:18:19
    Brother Bo
    Apples and artichokes, my poetic friend. If YOU want to say YOU had a child, then YOU should carry that child. (I want a child, but it's not worth getting a stretch mark over).

    Adopting a child is special for people like my wife and I who can't have children. My wife would love to have gotten stretch marks if it meant we could have a child. We adopted two, a brother and sister, and they are loved like they are our blood.

    I'm sure Nichole can be a great mother and love the child deeply, but later she may realize she missed out on the actual experience of giving birth herself.
  • Thea Brother Bo 2011/01/18 15:03:52
    Thea
    She did give birth and has adopted children too. Stop banging the gavel your honor.
  • painted desert 2011/01/18 01:45:01
    Sure, why not?
    painted desert
    That's up to them. I wish them all the best.
  • rightside 2011/01/18 01:20:40
    Undecided
    rightside
    +1
    They had a child. They didn't abort one.
    The other decisions are up to them.
  • woodnymph 2011/01/18 00:54:14 (edited)
    Sure, why not?
    woodnymph
    If by some miracle (though more likely would be a smack over the head with a blunt heavy object) I decided to have children then YES, definitely. Pregnancy repulses me like nothing else, so I couldn't bear it.
  • PerpetualThot 2011/01/18 00:34:09 (edited)
    No
    PerpetualThot
    +2
    "No, sweety. Mommy didn't love you enough to carry you and hurt her figure"

    (medical reasoning is obviously an exception)
  • Poetic ... Perpetu... 2011/01/18 01:41:14
    Poetic Ramblings
    +2
    Pregnancy at 43 is much riskier than getting a younger woman to carry your child.
    Kidman didn't use a surrogate because she didn't want to ruin her figure. It was actually a selfless thing to do.
  • Steve☮E... Poetic ... 2011/01/18 05:25:55
    Steve☮END THE FED☮
    ? a 43 yr old is probably not even going to live to see their grandchildren? There are plenty children that need to be adopted.
  • Poetic ... Steve☮E... 2011/01/18 13:28:35
    Poetic Ramblings
    It can be very difficult to adopt.
    And does that really matter? My father was 40 when I was born. Does that mean that I wasn't worth it, simply because he may not live to see my children?
  • Joanna ... Perpetu... 2011/01/18 02:39:08
    Joanna the Great
    how many women do it because they don't want to ruin their figure? i thought it was almost always because they were just unable to.
  • Perpetu... Joanna ... 2011/01/18 02:50:07
    PerpetualThot
    I'm mostly poking fun at Hollywood. If this were Jane Doe of Anywhere, USA I would assume it was due to health concerns. If it was Nicole Kidman I would assume it's because of her figure and therefore career.
  • Joanna ... Perpetu... 2011/01/18 03:00:37
    Joanna the Great
    +1
    wouldn't it be alot safer to assume it's because she's too old to be having babies?
  • Perpetu... Joanna ... 2011/01/18 03:22:09
    PerpetualThot
    Not for me.
  • namikazelil 2011/01/18 00:30:29
    Sure, why not?
    namikazelil
    it depends on the situation. if a woman is unable to give birth to her own child due to age, infertility, or any other issues, other than-i don't wanna get fat- then i think surrogacy is a wonderful option. i personally would like to be pregnant and give birth to my own child, but if that option were unavailable to me due to some condition, or age complications, then i would find surrogacy to be a perfectly viable option.
  • the_old_coach 2011/01/18 00:28:30
    Undecided
    the_old_coach
    +3
    This is about as private and personal a decision can be: why is it being addressed in this space?

    This is Nicole and Keith's decision and we have no right to say one thing at all about it.

    KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S BEDROOM'S, SODAHEAD!

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  • Anna E 2011/01/18 00:22:53 (edited)
    No
    Anna E
    +2
    I wouldn't. As much as some parts of pregnancy aren't very nice (morning sickness, lack of sleep, lack of mobility, mood swings, etc.), giving birth to a baby is worth every minute.
  • Liza Jane 2011/01/18 00:21:20
    Sure, why not?
    Liza Jane
    +6
    I may have to because of my spinal cord injury; I'm so high risk. It would just be a smart thing to do.
  • Anna E Liza Jane 2011/01/18 00:23:59
    Anna E
    +1
    You have my best wishes whatever your decisions in life are. :)
  • Liza Jane Anna E 2011/01/18 00:24:29
    Liza Jane
    +1
    Thank you! :-)
  • xcheshi... Liza Jane 2011/01/18 01:58:01
    xcheshirecat
    +1
    why not adopting, you could give a better life to someone already living
  • Liza Jane xcheshi... 2011/01/18 05:39:52
    Liza Jane
    I may adopt; first I'd like to have my own child since it's there's no reason not to as long as I can afford a surrogate.
  • xcheshi... Liza Jane 2011/01/18 17:51:49
    xcheshirecat
    There's a good reason : give a home to an unlucky kid
  • Liza Jane xcheshi... 2011/01/18 18:52:56
    Liza Jane
    Sure, I mean, adoption is great; but I'd like to pass my genes on and have a biological child before I adopt.
  • xcheshi... Liza Jane 2011/01/19 00:56:13
    xcheshirecat
    +1
    that was the arrangment I had with my ex boyfriend. 1 biological for him, and one adopted for me

    I don't care about my genes hehe
  • CaliGurl Liza Jane 2011/01/18 07:56:45
    CaliGurl
    +3
    I had a spiral cord injury also, LJ, I understand and relate... and I wish you the best.
  • Liza Jane CaliGurl 2011/01/18 10:48:02
    Liza Jane
    +1
    Thank you. It's rare to find someone who can commiserate with a person who has endured the same type of disability. Having a spinal cord injury is something that only someone else who has had the same injury can really grasp.
  • CaliGurl Liza Jane 2011/01/18 23:15:55
    CaliGurl
    +1
    So very true. If you're having a bad day, feel free to message me. I understand how hard it is.
  • Liza Jane CaliGurl 2011/01/19 06:20:50
    Liza Jane
    +1
    Thanks, I may just take you up on that. :-)

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