Priyank Chopra, surrogacy, Nick Jonas, surrogate

Priyanka Chopra and her husband, Nick Jonas, welcomed a baby via surrogacy. Image: @pryankachopra | Instagram | @ZoeGhertner | Vogue

Paris, Kim, Pryanka: Booming business of celeb surrogacy

Thousands of rands, NDAs and special treatment. When it comes to surrogacy, these A-list celebs will pull out all the stops.

Priyank Chopra, surrogacy, Nick Jonas, surrogate

Priyanka Chopra and her husband, Nick Jonas, welcomed a baby via surrogacy. Image: @pryankachopra | Instagram | @ZoeGhertner | Vogue

Paris Hilton is the latest celebrity to welcome a baby via surrogacy. and many are now wondering about the intricacy of such an arrangement.

What are the costs involved? And are there really NDAs to be signed?

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Hilton (41) and her husband, Carter Reum (41) joins a long list of A-list celebrities who all expanded their families with the help of a surrogate.

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra, Kim Kardashian and Kanye, Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson, Rebel Wilson and Ramona Agruma and even Elon Musk and Grimes turned to to gestational carriers to help birth their children, MailOnline reports.

But, welcoming a child this way can be costly. And even more so if you are well-known.

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, surrogacy, baby
Pryanka Chopra and Nick Jonas conceived via surrogacy. Image: @priyankachopra Instagram.

Stars will often go to great lengths to keep the details of their surrogacy private and NDAs is part and parcel of the process, FEMAIL reveals.

In return, gestational carriers are often compensated handsomely and exposed to only the best nutritionists, personal trainers and more.


In an interview with MailOnline, Gina-Marie Madow, ESQ Director of Legal Services at ConceiveAbilities, said that “celebrities using surrogacy and sharing their stories had helped “normalise it” and “inspire more women” to get involved in the process.

“We recently hired [research firm] Accelerant Research to better understand surrogacy. Our research shows almost half of the people surveyed were first exposed to surrogacy through a TV show, or a celebrity surrogacy story like Paris Hilton’s,” she said.

“It also shows that women who have read about or watched celebrity surrogacy journeys are inspired to learn more about becoming a surrogate. Celebrities sharing their surrogacy journeys also normalise the surrogacy process, normalising the fertility treatment for hopeful parents to grow their families via a surrogate,” Madow added.


MailOnline reports that in 2017, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid their surrogate just over R700 000 ($45,000) when they welcomed their daughter, Chicago. They also used a surrogate for their son, Psalm.

Although many felt that was not enough compensation, Stephanie Caballero, founder of Surrogacy Law Center in California, told The Cut at the time that $45,000 was a “standard” profit for an “experienced surrogate”.. She explained that women carrying celebrity babies aren’t allowed to be paid any more than surrogates for average people.

According to MailOnline, Extraordinary Conceptions also reported that the amount that the carrier is going to be paid is set long before they are matched with parents, and that “paying a gestational carrier more money could also be viewed as coercion”.

US News reports that couples wanting to go the surrogacy route should be able to fork out between R1.7 million and R3 million (between $100,000 and $200,000). This includes egg or sperm donation if needed, embryo creation, the agency fee, insurance, and the carrier’s compensation. No legal fees are included.

But, although the carriers only gets a fixed amount, Caballero mentions that celebrities using surrogacy usually have to pay more to agencies due to the ‘special attention’ they will receive, as per MailOnline.

Agencies will take extra measures to help ensure the stars’ privacy and make them feel comfortable every step of the way, which means they can ask for a higher rate. 

TMZ reported that Kim and Kanye paid a total of R1.9 million ($113,850) to welcome their daughter, Chicago, via surrogate in 2018. 


It is no secret that celebrities often provide their carriers with a range of special treatments like a private chef, personal trainer, and even spa days.

Teo Martinez, the CEO of Growing Generations, told MailOnline that stars sometimes ask their carriers to relocate so that they could be closer to them; and then pay for the relocation. .

“Some intended parents, celebrities, or other VIPs, will want the surrogate to deliver in [a specific hospital],” he further revealed.

It’s also not uncommon for A-listers to shower their carriers with a gift (or two) after the birth.


Page Six reports that celebrities will often even keep their identities secret from their own carriers at first, ‘to ensure that the surrogate doesn’t have any ulterior motives or isn’t taking advantage of some of the perks they may receive’.

“‘They keep their information limited in the early stages of the process because they’ve been through so much heartache trying to get pregnant on their own,” Jane Groenendaal, surrogacy director for New Beginnings Surrogacy Services, told the outlet.

Once the pregnancy is confirmed, some carriers are asked to sign NDAs – a contract that makes it so they can’t legally tell anyone about it . Others are offered extra income to ensure their secrecy, Martinez told The Cut.

Madow told DailyMail that all surrogates and parents using its services sign an NDA during the process, whether they’re famous or not.

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