Former model Tyra Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, welcomed their first son, York, via surrogate in late January, reports People. Banks, who has struggled with infertility in the past, took to Instagram to make the announcement and thank the surrogate who carried her baby.
The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world.
“As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone,” Banks posted. The caption accompanied a photo of a newborn hat and described York as having “[Banks’] fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin.”
Banks initially delayed starting her family as she focused on her career as a model, TV personality and entrepreneur. When she was ready to start a family at age 41, she began IVF procedures, but the fertility treatments were unsuccessful.
Banks joins a growing list of celebrities who have achieved their dreams of parenthood through surrogacy, including Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Banks.
Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly common option for non-celebrities as well. As assisted reproductive technology (ART) has advanced, more and more hopeful parents have worked with gestational carriers to successfully add to their families.
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