It turns out we were wrong about Kim Kardashian West using a surrogate to have baby Chi.
In a revealing post to her website, Kim Kardashian West set the record straight on her use of a surrogate for her third child. Kim actually didn’t use a surrogate, but instead used a “gestational carrier” to give life to little Chicago West.
Are we splitting hairs here? Maybe. But as Kim explains, there’s a big difference between a surrogate and a gestational carrier.
"After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier," she wrote. "Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to. A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father's sperm, and then carries the baby to term. Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye's."
Kim announced her pregnancy last September, and news soon got out that Kim wasn’t the one bearing the child. While she was genetically part of the picture, doctor’s recommended against Kim actually giving birth herself due to previous complications.
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When Kim was pregnant with North, their first child, she suffered from placenta accreta, a medical condition whereby the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. Normally the placenta detaches at childbirth, but with placenta accreta, part or all of the placenta remains attached. The condition can be very serious to the point of life-threatening.
In her blog post, Kim said that it was hard not bearing her own child, but she was grateful for modern technology allowing her to have a third child. "It's not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I've ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give."
Chicago was born on January 15th, 2018, with Kim, Kanye, and the rest of the family all in attendance.