Hollywood’s baby bumps appear regularly in magazines and online (there’s even a website featuring offspring of the stars!). The off-camera story about these beaming pregnant ladies often involves infertility treatment. Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates appreciates the willingness of reality TV stars, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, to share their infertility struggles and give America the bigger picture.
After years of trying to get pregnant and a breast cancer diagnosis, the Rancics ultimately turned to a gestational surrogate, and recently announced they are expecting their first child.
Giuliana recently said on The View: “Especially with the news today, now more than ever I’m happy I went public because it shows there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
E! News and Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic is married to former Apprentice winner Bill Rancic. The two star in the reality series Giuliana and Bill.
The couple underwent several rounds of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and suffered a miscarriage. Giuliana’s infertility doctor urged her to schedule a mammogram prior to her third IVF cycle. It was then that doctors discovered early stage breast cancer. Giuliana underwent a double mastectomy and currently there is no sign of cancer.
The Rancics’ story also sheds light on gestational surrogacy, an option that opens doors for infertile couples that wish to have a biological connection to their child, but can’t get pregnant themselves. In Giuliana’s case, hormones fed her type of breast cancer, so they elected to use a gestational carrier.
Gestational surrogates also give women and men who undergo cancer treatment hope for starting a family once treatment ends. Fertility preservation, coordinated by fully accredited fertility clinics, involves the cryopreservation of egg and/or sperm prior to chemotherapy or surgeries that can damage the reproductive systems.
What is a Gestational Surrogate versus Gestational Carrier?
Traditional or Gestational surrogacy involves the use of the husband’s sperm, but the surrogate provides her own egg and carries the baby. Traditional surrogacy has become less commonly used compared to gestational carriers. A gestational carrier involves in-vitro fertilization (IVF) where the husband’s sperm and the wife’s egg are used to create an embryo, and the pregnancy is carried by the gestational carrier. In this situation the gestational carrier has no biological connection to the baby. Fertility specialists work in conjunction with accredited surrogacy agencies to schedule IVF and donor egg services.
The birth of the Rancic baby will resolve years of frustration and pain for this couple. As fertility specialists, we applaud their determination and courage.
Contact Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates to learn more about our pregnancy and IVF success rates, and how we give couples experiencing infertility the “Hollywood ending” they deserve.