Portuguese media reported last Saturday that Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has become father to twins with a surrogate mother.
The twins, adorably named Eva and Mateo, were reportedly born to a woman on the west coast of the US. Her identity has not been revealed, as with the mother of Ronaldo’s eldest son, Cristiano Junior who was born in 2010 to an unknown woman. She was rumoured to have been a surrogate mother and paid up to $10 million to keep her identity a secret.
The highly successful footballer, a four time winner of the Ballon D’Or, is a devoted father to his eldest son, and is currently dating Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez.
The twins were born last week when, in celeb-land it was a twin frenzy, with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and actor husband also giving birth to twins.
Recently, surrogacy has become a popular option for couples struggling to conceive naturally or through In Vitro Fertilisation treatment. In 2009, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick reportedly had their twin daughters with the help of a surrogate. And more recently in 2014, Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo and her husband had their daughter with the help of a surrogate mother. “This is an incredible thing to do with your life – to give the gift of carrying someone’s child. I am forever grateful and feel very blessed.” Ellen commented about this life changing event.
What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a viable way for a childless couple to have a child through another woman, a surrogate mother, carrying the child.
As a result, the surrogate mother agrees to be artificially inseminated, or to have an embryo transferred to her womb in order to become pregnant. She agrees to carry the child to term, to give birth with the intention of giving custody of the child to the couple or person who ‘commissioned’ the surrogacy, with whom she has made the agreement.
Surrogacy can mean any of the following:
- The commissioning mother’s ova and the commissioning father’s sperm
- The commissioning mother’s ova and donor sperm
- The surrogate mother’s ova and the commissioning father’s sperm
- The surrogate mother’s ova and donor sperm
- Donor ova and the commissioning father’s sperm
- Donor ova and sperm, or donor embryo
Currently there is no Irish legislation to cover the legal issues arising from surrogacy.