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Kim Kardashian Writes Heartfelt Letter About Surrogacy After Critics Say She’s Not ‘Mom Of 3’

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

As many people know, Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West recently welcomed their third child and second daughter into the world.

After publicly revealing that she suffered from preeclampsia and placenta accreta during her first two pregnancies, Kim decided to use a surrogate through an agency to have a third child.

While this surrogate wanted to remain anonymous, Kim recently wrote an open letter on her app about the delicate process of choosing a surrogate, or a “gestational carrier,” as she explained.

This letter comes as a direct response to critics who took the time to comment on an Instagram photo of Kim that she captioned “#momofthree.” The rude comments include: “You mean mum of two lmao u didnt pop out the third one darls” and “but you only gave birth to 2?”

In the letter, Kim explains her personal struggle with choosing a gestational carrier and the emotional complications that come with being a mom to a new child she didn’t carry:

I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my—or the baby’s—health to carry on my own.

After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier. 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.

You can either choose someone that you know or you can go through an agency, like Kanye and I did.

Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong. People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.

I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible. 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. The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl.

What do you think of Kim’s letter? What do you think about critics claiming she’s not really the mother of her third child?

Check out the video below to see how Kim first decided to have a surrogate give birth to her child, and please SHARE it on Facebook with your friends!

Photos: Instagram 1, 2 / kimkardashian 

[H/T: Romper]

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