At long last, Bill and Giuliana Rancic have finally become parents!
The couple welcomed their beloved son, Edward Duke Rancic, on Wednesday night in Denver, Colorado. Though the baby is biologically theirs, he was born with the help of a gestational surrogate, who carried him to term. Both parents were on-hand for the birth of their son, and while Bill (41) cut the baby's cord, Giuliana (37) was the first person to hold him. New mom Giuliana gushed about her baby boy, saying "Bill and I are blessed beyond words to welcome Edward into our lives." She added, "We are so in love with the little guy already."
On their reality show, "Giuliana and Bill," the couple have spoken openly about their desire for a child and their struggle to conceive. After undergoing several failed IVF attempts and suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage, Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. Though she had a double mastectomy and is now cancer free, her illness delayed further fertility treatments, which prompted the couple's search for a surrogate.
In May, Bill spoke of the pair's gratitude for the woman who made their baby dreams possible. Calling their surrogate a "great" and "caring" woman, he said, "She's giving us a gift and we're going to be eternally grateful." In addition to the Rancics, several other celebrity couples have enlisted the help of a surrogate in order to become parents. Here's a look at a few Hollywood moms and dads who welcomed babies through gestational surrogacy.
In 2009, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed twin girls Tabitha and Marion with the help of a gestational surrogate. In an interview, Parker confessed that she and her husband had been "trying to expand [their] family for years" but that she'd been unable to have "successful pregnancies" since her son, James Wilkie, was born in 2002. The mom of three said she was "really grateful" to her surrogate, Michelle Ross, who was hounded by paparazzi for months while carrying the babies.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
"Hunger Games" star Elizabeth Banks welcomed her first child, a son named Felix, in March 2011. Earlier this year, Banks spoke about her reasons for using a surrogate, saying that a "womb issue" kept embryos from implanting. The proud mom shared her thoughts about surrogacy, saying "It's a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you." Calling the woman who delivered her son "extraordinary," Banks confessed that the gestational surrogate is still involved in their lives and is an "auntie" of sorts to baby Felix.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
After Nicole Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in 2008, she and hubby Keith Urban needed help to have their second daughter. When Faith Margaret arrived in December 2010, the couple drew criticism for referring to their gestational surrogate as a "gestational carrier," a term which some people felt was dehumanizing and disrespectful to the woman who carried and gave birth to their child. We're sure the pair didn't mean any harm, and they seem like loving and devoted parents to both their little girls.
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