Jimmy Fallon shared that he and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, had difficulty conceiving a baby the traditional way and turned to a surrogate to help them deliver, daughter Winnie Rose. Fallon, who replaces Jay Leno as The Tonight Show host when Leno’s contract expires, revealed that news during a Today show interview that will air next week.
“It wasn’t really a secret, but my wife and I have been trying for a while to have a baby,” Fallon said. “And so we’ve tried a bunch of things. And so we had a surrogate.”
He added that after failed attempts, they didn’t want to “jinx” it by sharing the news until the baby was actually born!
Well congrats and good on them for sharing though some in his inner circle who had seen his wife out and about in recent weeks were aware she was not pregnant. Most would not have known hence why sites like US Weekly, Perez Hilton and others presumed Nancy actually gave birth — not that it mattered, really.
However, there is still a stigma to surrogacy and as we shared in our review of actress’ Elisabeth Rohm‘s book last week, many celebs keep it hush perhaps for that reason. But what keeping quiet does is serve to further fuel the stigma of infertility, IVF, surrogacy and other medical interventions for birth. Hushing up only keeps the lid on the shame that they felt when they were dealing with, and thus they are essentially helping to sentence other couples who may later be in their position to the same torment they endured.
The more celebrities, who have tremendous influence on public perception, share and open up, the less conception struggles will be taboo topics.
See the snippet from the interview below: