Paris Hilton has surprised the world by announcing on her instagram account that she’s had a second baby.
The heiress, 42, who is married to successful businessman Carter Reum, also 42, had a surrogacy journey to conceive her eleven month old son Phoenix. and has now quietly had another surrogacy journey to have a sibling.
Since the message she has been inundated with congratulatory messages after saying she was “thankful” for her baby daughter ‘London’ in a Thanksgiving post.
The celebrity hasn’t disclosed many of the details yet, but her famous friends, including supermodel Naomi Campbell have sent her sweet “welcome” messages.
Paris is hoping for a big family
Paris has made no secret of her hopes for a big family and she’s clearly overjoyed to be a mom again.
Her daughter’s name didn’t come as a surprise however, as she revealed to Ellen DeGeneres in 2022, that if she had a baby girl, she would be calling her London.
“The girl is gonna be named London Marilyn Hilton Reum,” she said. “Marilyn after my grandmother and London because it’s my favorite city and I think Paris and London sound cute together.”
So how much is the average surrogacy journey?
Many people believe surrogacy is only for the rich, but that’s not always true. In the USA it varies widely but generally starts at around $95,000, excluding medication. It can however be as low as 60,000 dollars if you shop around.
Many surrogates will do it for less because they are primarily focused on helping another woman. One of the more reputable and cost effective surrogacy agencies in the USA we recommend is Happy Beginnings, which is based in Ilinois.
It is run by a former egg donor called Jamie Smith, who started her agency nearly twenty years ago with her sister, a nurse. They were both determined to help women who were donating eggs get treated better than they had been.
The laws vary widely
The laws surrounding surrogacy vary throughout the world, but Ilinois is regarded as a highly surrogacy friendly state, both for heterosexual couples as well as for same sex couples.
One of the main reasons for this is that the gestational surrogate, who is not related to the baby, signs an order giving the rights to the baby to the intended parents as soon as there is a heartbeat. This is something not all states do. Also, both parents get their names on the birth certificate, and the surrogates name is not recorded.
Other countries like Mexico are now offering surrogacy journey’s for as little as 30 – 40,000 dollars. We would recommend you do your research though and try to get good references before going ahead with any type of journey.
Surrogacy laws in the UK are very strict and only allow it via altruism. This means that the surrogate is allowed to accept only reasonable expenses. We recommend you read our blog about the regulations in the UK.
Another great agency, based in Australia is Growing Families. The global not for profit organisation was founded by Sam Everingham, himself a father through surrogacy,
He restablished the organisation ‘Surrogacy Australia’ in 2010, which quickly became Australia’s go-to resource for media, government and intended parents.
Sam maintains diverse international networks with surrogacy researchers, families, agencies, donor banks and reproductive specialists. He is a regular media commentator and has co-authored a number of articles on surrogacy utilisation and attitudes in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Bionews and the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology