Surprise! Gabrielle Union is a new mom.
The actress and her husband, NBA star Dwyane Wade, have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, via surrogate. The couple shared the big baby news via Instagram Thursday alongside a set of family photos from the hospital.
“A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” they both captioned the photos.
“Welcome to the party sweet girl!” the caption concluded.
The baby girl is the first child for Union, 46, while Wade, 36, is dad to sons 3 sons, Xavier Zechariah, 5 (mother Aja Metoyer), Zion Malachi Airamis, 11, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 16 (mother Siovaughn Wade). He also raises nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.
Union previously opened up about her struggles with infertility in her 2017 memoir We’re Going to Need More Wine, revealing she “had eight or nine miscarriages.”
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle,” she wrote.
But even after enduring three years of failed IVF cycles and being constantly bloated from the hormones, Union wrote in her memoir that she and Wade “remain bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of.”
Union and Wade who wed in August 2014, join a host of other celebrity couples who used a surrogate to expand their families.
KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST
In January Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child, daughter Chicago, via surrogate. Kim was very candid about her issues being able to carry another baby on her E! reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The couple took their time finding the “right person” to carry their third child and were very careful to keep her identity concealed from the public.
ANGELA BASSETT & COURTNEY VANCE
Back in 2006, the actors welcomed fraternal twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, who were carried by a surrogate. The couple shared the big news (before social media) during an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and also discusssed that they made the decision after 7 years of failed treatments, including IVF.
TYRA BANKS & ERIK ASLA
The former supermodel welcomed a baby boy in January 2016 with boyfriend Norwegian photographer Erik Asla. Banks then 42, revealed that after many failed IVF attempts she turned to surrogacy to fulfill her dreams of becoming a mom. The couple split just one year later in 2017, but still maintain joint custody of their son York Banks Asla.
KANDI BURRUSS & TODD TUCKER
The Xscape singer and the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star just revealed plans to expand her family via surrogate. Burruss told Us Weekly that she and husband Todd Tucker have found the person they want to carry their second child. The couple already have a son, Ace Tucker, 2 which was conceived via IVF. Burruss said she didn’t feel right leaving the other two embroyos frozen and will be having a girl.