Nicole Kidman’s new baby has surprisingly caused a bit of controversy.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s baby, Faith Margaret, was born via surrogate in Nashville on December 28.
“Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier,” the couple said in a statement.
The secret use of a “gestational carrier” has led to a storm of criticism. Why has the arrival of the couple’s second child been greeted with nasty reaction?
It may be because of the term “gestational carrier”? Having a child via a surrogate is not a new discovery. But perhaps the term angered many? Would the word “surrogate” or “birth mother” have been more appropriate to use?
Regardless, couples who choose to have a child this way shouldn’t be criticized. There were nasty comments spreading like wildfire after the statement was released.
“I hope this isn’t a Camille Grammer birth, where she didn’t want to mess up her body or busy schedule,” a woman named Deirdre Poloti said.
@Greathutnick on Twitter writes: “When did surrogates become “gestational carriers”? Sounds like a piece of luggage. Gestational Carrier, room for all your embryonic needs.”
In The Australian, the title of an article is Gestational Carrier is an Ugly Term is making the rounds on Twitter as well.
We really don’t know what led up to this couple’s decision to have a surrogate birth. Presumably, Kidman and Urban were medically unable to carry another child.
But it’s cruel that they are getting such criticism and nasty comments.
How about a simple “congratulations” and leave it at that?