Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas simply welcomed a child through surrogate


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Congratulations are in order for Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas! The couple confirmed on Friday that they had just welcomed their first baby.

« We are thrilled to confirm that we have just welcomed a baby via surrogate, » Chopra Jonas shared on Instagram. « We respectfully request privacy during this special time as we focus on our family. »

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The couple, who celebrated their third wedding anniversary in December, have previously spoken of wanting to have children, but have kept their plans a secret. « [Kids are] a big part of our desire for the future,” said Chopra Jonas, 39. vanity lounge in January. « By the grace of God, when it happens, it happens. » Although neither Chopra Jonas nor Jonas have spoken publicly about their fertility or family planning process, it has officially happened.

Having a baby through gestational surrogacy (that is, when a surrogate mother carries an embryo to which she is not genetically related) is still quite rare. According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, less than 31,000 pregnancies in the United States used a surrogate mother between 1999 and 2013, or about 2% of all pregnancies resulting from assisted reproductive technology during this period. This may be partly because surrogacy is legally complex. Most states now allow some form of paid gestational surrogacy, in accordance with the New York Times, but surrogacy contracts can be limited. And outside of the United States, legal gestational surrogacy is even less common. The practice can be a game-changer for LGBTQ+ people and those who have faced fertility issues, but there are also a lot of debate surrounding the rights and health of surrogate mothers.

Even in a legal landscape that varies from state to state and country to country, data suggests that gestational surrogacy is becoming increasingly popular. The number of pregnancies involving a surrogate rose from 727 in 1999 to 3,432 in 2013, according to the CDC.




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