Andy Cohen announced the birth of his daughter on Instagram over the weekend, and she is absolutely precious. Just as important as the announcement itself, however, is the fact that he gave a special shout-out to his 'rockstar surrogate.'
"HERE’S LUCY!!!!! Meet my daughter, Lucy Eve Cohen!" the proud papa shared on Friday, April 29. "She’s 8 pounds 13 oz and was born at 5:13 pm in New York City!!! Her big brother can’t wait to meet her! Thank you to my rock star surrogate (ALL surrogates are rockstars, by the way) and everyone who helped make this miracle happen. I’m so happy."
Not only did Andy Cohen thank his surrogate, but he gave all surrogates a nod in his message. While he's not the first famous person to use a surrogate, he's definitely one of few who not only publicly acknowledges that he used one but also expresses his gratitude for his surrogate.
In February 2019, he announced the birth of his son, Benjamin Allen, in a similar way: “I’m in love,” Cohen wrote on Instagram. “And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I’m a dad. Wow."
There are two types of surrogacy that represent the genetic relationship between the surrogate and the baby: gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy.
In gestational surrogacy, a woman carries a pregnancy that was created with another woman's egg and the donor's (or intended father's) sperm. The surrogate has no genetic ties to the baby. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate's egg is used to create the embryo she is carrying, which means the surrogate is the biological mother of the baby.
Surrogacy is also a lot more common now than it used to be. According to Georgetown Law, 2,807 children were born in the United States by a surrogate in 2015. This is a major increase from 2004 when only 738 births were via a surrogate.
Either way, surrogacy is a tremendous journey of strength and love, concluding in one of the most beautiful gifts in existence. Surrogates—and everyone involved in the process—deserve all the applause.
Andy Cohen also shared an adorable photo of his son, Ben, meeting his new baby sister.
Cohen also shared that he's on "Cloud 9" over the weekend, and who could blame him? He's the proud father of two beautiful children. Congratulations to Cohen, Ben, and Lucy!