Every year about 750 babies are born via surrogacy, and a topic that was often taboo is now being discussed thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West who are very open about the process.
Sherri Shepherd also brought the matter in the news but in a negative and complicated way.
Well-known actresses like Ellen Pompeo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Banks, and Nicole Kidman have all used surrogates to have children but have been less vocal.
Women turn to agencies searching for a surrogate that can cost between $98,000 to $140,000 if they had recurrent miscarriages, or did not have any success via cycles of IVF or have health issues.
The U.S. has friendly laws for families using a gestational surrogate so do Greece, Laos, and Ukraine.
However, as the demand for surrogacy soars, countries like Thailand and India have barred foreigners from paying for it. Nepal banned surrogacy, and in many European countries, like France, it is illegal.
Kardashian, who welcomed a daughter named Chicago via surrogate about a year ago, has a son on the way using another surrogate.
She spoke about her experience saying: "You know, it is really different. Anyone that says or thinks it is just the easy way out is just completely wrong. I think it is so much harder to go through it this way because you are not really in control. And, you know, obviously, you pick someone that you completely trust and that you have a good bond and relationship with, but it is still ... knowing that I was able to carry my first two babies and not, you know, my baby now, it's hard for me. So, it's definitely a harder experience than I anticipated just in the control area."
Should this process be simplified? Is surrogacy too expensive?