Reports out of the US have revealed Kim Kardashian has hired a surrogate to welcome her and Kanye West's third child after doctors warned her against carrying another at the fear of a high-risk pregnancy.
After two turbulent births with daughter North, four, and Saint, one, Kim underwent a procedure to repair a hole in her uterus in the hopes it would give her the all-clear to attempt to conceive once more.
Unfortunately, a complication meant the 36-year-old was not able to receive the happy news she so badly wanted to hear.
"After everything I went through, the surgery wasn't successful and didn't do anything," she told sisters Kourtney and Khloe during an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
She went on to admit that although she always wanted to expand her brood, the trauma of the Paris robbery only upped the urgency. Now, it's said she'll take a different approach.
"I always knew surrogacy was an option, now it's my reality. Whatever is meant to be will be."
As she sets out on this journey ahead, Kim can look to a handful of stars who've looked to selfless surrogates themselves.
In 2011, while Sally was pregnant with her first child, she discovered a lump the size of a tennis ball in her breast and was subsequently diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer. While she was given the all clear after 16 rounds of chemotherapy, the illness resulted in Sally being told another natural pregnancy could cost her life.
"I acknowledge that I'm extremely lucky to have one child... But the yearning and desire to be a mum again is so strong and it has not passed," The Daily Edition host previously said.
Due to strict surrogacy laws in New South Wales, Sally and her husband Marcus decided to try their luck in the states, which is where they met their shining light Rachel.
A mum-of-three, Rachel carried Sally's second daughter Elyssa, who was born in December last year. The two families now share a special bond unlike any other.
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In February 2016, the model announced she and her partner Erik Asla had welcomed a son, York, with the help of a surrogate.
"We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy. The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I've shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father, Erik," she explained.
In an Instagram post announcing his safe arrival, Tyra thanked the woman selfless enough to help give them the miracle baby they had always hoped for.
"He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone."
Nic's fertility struggles, which included a harrowing ectopic pregnancy during her first marriage to Tom Cruise, have been well documented over the years.
Although she conceived Sunday Rose naturally with Keith Urban, the couple's second daughter together, Faith Margaret, was welcomed through a surrogate.
"She was the most wonderful woman to do this for us. And we were in a place of desperately wanting another child and this opportunity arose for us.
"I couldn't get pregnant and we wanted another baby. I get emotional just talking about it because I'm so grateful to her," the Big Little Lies star explained during an interview with 60 Minutes.
The Sex and the City alum and her husband Matthew Broderick fell naturally pregnant with son James Wilkie, but the couple struggled to conceive the second time around.
"We tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant. It just was not to be, I would give birth if I could," the actress previously lamented of their hardships.
Their twin daughters Marion and Tabitha were born in 2009.
"Two eggs, two embryos, one of mine, one of his," Neil Patrick Harris once mused of his gorgeous six year old twins Harper and Gideon, who he shares with husband David Burkta.
"We inserted one of my sperm and one of David's sperm into two eggs with the hope that they would both take, just because we both wanted to be dads biologically," Neil said of the babies' conception to Barbara Walters, adding: "Both took, miraculously."
While the dads don't know which twin is biologically theirs, Neil insists he and David have no interest in finding out. "We are their parents and I love them implicitly," he says.
The Hollywood host and husband Bill's long road to parenthood was well-documented on their hit reality TV show, Giuliana and Bill.
After several failed attempts at IVF – not to mention the 41-year-old's battle with breast cancer – the couple turned to a gestational carrier.
They welcomed little Edward Duke Rancic in 2012 and they've never looked back. Speaking of their surrogate, Delphine, Bill said: "She never had any trouble getting pregnant and she just wanted to help, to make a difference for parents who couldn't do this on their own."
After welcoming first son Zachary on Christmas day in 2010, the Elton and husband David Furnish decided to welcome a second child, Elijah, with the help of both an egg donor and the same surrogate who they love "like a sister".
"Throughout our lives we have both loved and been loved, but the love of a parent for his or her child is different to anything else, as all parents will know. You find new depths of love, and experience pure joy," David explains of his sons, now five and three.
"The birth of our second son completes our family in a most precious and perfect way."
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Australian Women's WeeklyJan 23, 2020