In what must have been one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman and her country singer husband Keith Urban announced a brand new addition to their family — a baby girl. The announcement came amid a host of nasty comments which circulated across the internet – many showing a great distaste for the actress’s latest escapade.
Since news of their baby broke on Monday, the couple have been on the receiving end of a storm of criticism for using a surrogate mother. “I hope this isn’t a Camille Grammer birth, where she didn’t want to mess up her body or busy schedule,” said Deirdre Poloti.
What should be a joyous experience turned into a furious public backlash but the real reason why Nicole opted to have a “gestational carrier” is unclear.
There are a number of viable possibilities; firstly, at 43 she perhaps took her advanced maternal age into consideration. It is believed that the years between 25 and 35 are when a women is most fertile in terms of child bearing. Pregnancy gets more difficult the older you are, and with every passing year the number of risks increase.
She is also diabetic and research shows that suffering with both both type 1 and type 2 diabetes sharply raises the risk of complications during pregnancy.
Although the baby, born at the Centennial Medical Center in Nashville on December 28, was carried by a surrogate mother, Nicole and Keith are the biological parents. In order to keep the birth a secret, the couple rented out the top floor of the hospital.
“Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the couple said in a statement. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.”
They said they chose Faith as their new baby’s first name because they needed so much to help them through the pregnancy.
’We needed lots of faith, literally’, Nicole explained.
Keith and Nicole are already the parents to daughter, Sunday Rose, born in 2008. And the story behind her name? She was named after early 20th-century artist’s muse, Sunday Reed. Her middle name, Rose, is a nod to Urban’s late grandmother Rose.
Kidman also has two teenagers, Connor, 16, and Isabella, 18 with her ex-husband Tom Cruise.