On Jan. 15, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third baby, a daughter named Chicago West, who arrived via gestational carrier. Kim previously delivered North, 4, and Saint, 2, but her pregnancies had some serious health complications, which led to her decision to use a gestational carrier to keep growing her family.
During her first pregnancy, Kim endured preeclampsia, a condition affecting five to eight percent of all pregnancies, characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which also causes slower blood flow to the placenta. The condition is risky for both baby and mum, with complications including restricted growth, placental abruption, and premature birth. On her own website, Kim complained of a swollen body and face that led to pain, and the complications didn't stop there.
After delivering North, Kim's obstetrician discovered she had placenta accreta, which, according to the American Pregnancy Association, means her placenta attached too deeply into her uterine wall. The star's obstetrician had to scrape the placenta from her uterus, and Kim underwent surgery to get rid of the remaining tissue. Kim once again suffered with preeclampsia during her pregnancy with Saint.
After dealing with these conditions, for their third kid, Kim and Kanye made the educated decision to opt for a gestational carrier, who carries a fertilized egg, unlike a surrogate, who donates an egg. Kim herself said: "Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to. A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father's sperm, and then carries the baby to term. Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye's."
Kim voiced her gratefulness for her gestational carrier by saying: "It's not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I've ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give."