Banks and her husband Max Hadelman (the couple have been together since 1992, and married since July 2003) welcomed their son Felix into the world at a couple of weeks ago. Like so many celebs, they made the big announcement via Twitter.
You might be wondering why you never even knew that Banks was pregnant…turns out she was not. Felix made his way into the world via a gestational surrogate.
Banks recently addressed the issue of why they chose a surrogate on her blog: “I have had untold number of opportunities to work with inspiring people, on great projects as an actress, and I have had a fantastic long term relationship of nearly 20 years with my now husband, Max. The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly.”
“After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a baby cake’ and bake it in another woman’s oven’. From that came two miracles.”
She also explained the relationship that developed with their surrogate: “The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means happy’ and lucky’ in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life.”
She also says that “We have maintained a great deal of privacy throughout this process, and hope to continue to honor Felix’s privacy going forward…If you need me, I’ll be changing dirty diapers and trying to get some sleep.”
Banks and Handelman — whom she met on her first day of college in 1992 — wed in July 2003.
Congrats to the happy couple!