Bravo TV‘s Andy Cohen is about to join this community that includes 3-times surrogate dad soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, when his surrogate gives birth in a few weeks!
The TV host and network founder announced on the December 20 edition of his nightly talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that he is going to be a father.
“In about six weeks time, I’m going to become a father thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future,” the soon-to-be single dad announced at the end of he show’s season.
In a blog post on the network’s Daily Dish Blog, an expert explains the trend:
“There are many reasons why some men don’t start a family in their 20s or 30s. But it’s not too late to have a child, even if you don’t have a wife or a female partner? Single men who want to have a biological child of their own, both gay and straight, are starting to turn to IVF and surrogacy,” reports WINfertility, an organization which assists men in becoming single fathers.
“It’s not a simple process — basically, a single man who wants to be a dad needs an egg donor, a gestational surrogate to carry the child, and IVF to make fertilization of the egg and transfer of the embryo possible. There are hormones to take, sperm to donate, tests to undergo, egg testing to be done, contracts to be signed. It can be a years-long process. Which means that if you do it, you really want it.”
But according to Gayle East, owner and director of Surrogate Solutions in Hewitt, Texas, single man surrogacy is becoming more prevalent!
The type of guy who will be willing to undertake such a life-altering move are professionals who are financially stable and ready to settle down but they haven’t found a partner yet.
“They’re single guys who’ve been working in a career, saving money and becoming more financially secure. It’s very doable for them,” says East. “In the past, there was the stereotype of moms raising a family, but they’re seeing same-sex couples with families. And now, watching other guys go through this process will probably give more single guys the courage to do this.”
Congrats to Andy and all the new dads! Blessings abound!!!