A Los Angeles-based doctor claimed in a recent interview that he has dealt with several cases where celebrities have opted for social surrogacy.
Dr. Vicken Sahakian told former model Jodie Marsh in the TLC documentary "Making Babies" that women were paying someone to carry their child, even when there was no medical reason to do so, Daily Mail reported. The documentary aired on Nov. 5.
“Typically these are women who prefer not to get pregnant and not to go though the process of pregnancy for many different reasons," Sahakian said, according to Daily Mail. "For instance if you are a model or an actress and your income is based on performing and how you look and pregnancy will ruin that for year, if not more."
Marsh was shocked to learn that some women had even faked their pregnancy while using a social surrogate.
“We are talking about well-known women,” Sahakian added. “It would be taboo for them to admit they used a social surrogate. I have had a couple of patients who pretended they were pregnant, yes.”
Several celebrities, such as actress Sarah Jessica Parker, have spoken out about their use of a surrogate. However, in Parker’s case, she made the choice for medical reasons.
“We've been trying to expand our family for a number of years and we actually have explored a variety of ways of doing so,” Parker said in an interview at the time.
“It would be odd to have made this choice if I was able to, you know, have successful pregnancies since my son's birth,” she added.
Marsh concluded the interview by expressing her doubts about the process.
“Once again it proves money can [buy] anything, if you want to climb the career ladder, you can outsource your stretch marks,” she said.
But other women agree with the idea of social surrogacy.
“The thought of having a baby and ruining my body, which I work hard to maintain at the gym every week, disgusts me," a female lecturer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Telegraph.co.uk. "I may sound selfish but that's how I feel. I've always said I never wanted children, largely because I'm afraid of what it will do to my body, but if I could find another woman willing to have mine for me, I might consider it."
Sahakian noted in his interview that social surrogacy can sometimes be a practical, if expensive, choice.