Celebrities: Should They Reveal How They’ve Conceived Their Late-in-Life Babies?

While celebrities are thrust, willing or otherwise, into the position of being role models, I don’t believe this means they have to give up their privacy.  But, I do believe that, as people in the public eye, people who have considerable influence over the masses, they should be honest at the most basic level if they’ve use assisted reproductive technology (ART) to conceive in advanced maternal or paternal age.

This doesn’t mean they have to reveal if his, her or their reproductive problems have stemmed from his sperm, her eggs, her uterus, dual issues—or unexplained ones. 

This doesn’t mean they have to reveal their specific solutions, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor sperm, donor eggs, or donor embryos.

In my view, as long as celebrities say, “I needed to use assisted reproductive technology—and thankfully had the financial resources to pay for it,” they’re being honest enough.

This doesn’t “out” specifically how their children were conceived. 

Yes, it reveals that the celebrities are imperfect, but so is everyone else, and we are all familiar with the infallibility of the rich and famous.  In fact, we embrace it, rooting for them to overcome their demons—their problems, no matter how minor—for we live vicariously through them.

And, being infertile is not a weakness.

Waiting to have children until the career is established or the “right person” is found is the norm, so celebrities won’t be judged harshly for either, if advanced reproductive age—waiting too long—is their one and only reason for infertility.  Of course, this assumes the celebrities aren’t senior citizens trying to conceive; then, the judgment will be brutal.

We know that celebrities can afford multi-million-dollar homes, extravagant amenities, glamorous travel, and so on, so it will come as no shock that they can afford treatment for infertility too.

So, why, in so many cases, do they choose “radio silence” about using ART?

Every person deserves personal privacy.  But, in the case of celebrities who have so much influence, their decisions to simply claim their late-in-life pregnancies “miraculous” can have detrimental effects, giving unfounded hope to the millions around the world who look up to them.

When celebrating much-wanted additions to their families, what is wrong with stating, with conviction, “I needed to use assisted reproductive technology—and thankfully had the financial resources to pay for it”?

Nothing.

  1. HeatherW
    June 11th, 2010 at 23:17
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    Children conceived with donor egg ARE miracle babies. I don’t think celebrities should give out information on their healthcare. The public is not entitled to know how they conceived their child, period.

  2. mk
    June 29th, 2010 at 09:39
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    While I agree that donor-conceived children are miracles, as is my 5-year-old sperm-donor-conceived son, in this post the term “miraculous” described celebrities leading the public to believe their late-in-life children were conceived without medical intervention.

    My post outlines that I also believe that celebrities deserve privacy. However, I don’t believe it is right for them to display their newborns in magazine spreads, then mislead readers by acting as if they conceived without assistance. Being private is fine. Going public with conception and birth stories, but providing misleading information, is not, in my view. And please note that I am not requesting any details–just an admission of using Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

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