We always love sharing celebrity stories that highlight topics that are still not spoken about enough
Today, we want to give a big virtual squeeze to actor Lucy Liu, who In 2015, welcomed her son Rockwell into the world after using a gestational surrogate to have him.
Her son Rockwell is her only child and he’s just turned five, and Lucy has used the occasion to share a rare photo of him with her 1 million Instagram followers.
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The picture, of Rockwell at his birthday party, was captioned, “My darling son turned 5 yesterday. He is a rainbow of light and his energy is pure magic”.
Lucy, the now 51 year old star of Charlies Angels stands by in the photo, watching him blow out the candles on his cake. The pair were wearing matching rainbow coloured party hats as they celebrated in their kitchen.
She also used the opportunity to show her support for Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and Senator Kamala Harris, his running mate.
“As a human being, a woman, a mother, a daughter – now more than ever we must come together to fight for the soul of this nation.”
“Let’s all wish as hard as he is for a brighter and safer future for our children and Mother Earth. I am all in for #BidenHarris2020 and their vision for an inclusive America.”
Talking about her decision to use a surrogate shortly after Rockwell’s birth, she said
“It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop”.
“I decided that was probably the best solution for me, and it turned out to be great.”
“I didn’t realise how quickly babies progress. Very basic things that you just take for granted. They’re just this little lump of flesh, and then all the sudden they’re turning around, they’re observing you and they’re smiling and they’re interacting. It’s a magical experience.”
At the time, she also said that she cried when he was born. Talking to PEOPLE magazine for the #howwefamily campaign, she said “I think ‘How We Family’ is about how we as a modern family are connecting now. Whether it’s your gay parents and you’re doing it that way, or you have a child that’s transgender, it’s more about how you love.”
“I think that’s a really wonderful way to support non-traditional families and make what we are doing now what is tradition.”
On a sadder note, she’s also recently spoken of her sadness on hearing about the death of the 43 year old Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman.
“What a huge loss for our community. He leaves behind such an important legacy through his beautiful performances. RIP #ChadwickBoseman.”
If you are not familiar with gestational surrogacy, here is a brief explanation:
Gestational surrogacy, is where a woman acts as a surrogate to carry the pregnancy, but she is not genetically related to the baby.
The egg is from the prospective mother or a donor. The sperm could be from the father or a donor, too.
Why choose this path?
For some intended parents, it allows them to have a genetically-related child. It could be because one partner has a medical condition that they do not want to pass on or they cannot carry the pregnancy.
How gestational surrogacy works
A surrogate is chosen and screened to ensure a clean bill of health.
All parties involved sign a consent form to help avoid future problems.
The egg donor takes medication to stimulate multiple eggs and speed up growth.
The surrogate takes medications to help suppress her own menstrual cycle and prepare the uterus.
When ready, the eggs are retrieved and fertilised in the laboratory.
Embryos are then placed in the surrogate where they will hopefully implant.
The embryos are ‘fresh’ or defrosted from egg storage – for a fresh egg transfer the monthly cycles of the surrogate and the egg donor must be synchronized.
The surrogate delivers the baby.
The baby goes home with the intended parents.
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