Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were blessed with their child, born via a surrogate mom on Monday (Jan. 15) at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” the couple announced on Kim’s app on Tuesday.
“We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”
A source told ET that Kimye, as the couple is fondly referred to as, were present in the delivery room at the time of the baby’s birth.
Kris Jenner and Kim’s sisters were also at the hospital to share the happy moment with the famous couple – not in the delivery room, though.
Excited fans took to Twitter to congratulate the couple, with some fans even suggesting names for the baby girl.
Vicki Clark wrote if the couple didn’t “call their baby Go, Wild, Key or John, it’s a huge opportunity missed.”
Kate Toporski said she was “waiting for the name of Kimye’s new baby to be announced.”
Me waiting for the name of Kimye’s new baby to be announced pic.twitter.com/prK1Gd3iZG
— Kate Toporski (@katetoporski) January 16, 2018
Another fan, who goes by the name Christina Curatolo on Twitter, wrote she was “refreshing Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat/KKWApp every 5 seconds to see if KimYe named Baby Girl West yet…”
Me refreshing Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat/KKWApp every 5 seconds to see if KimYe named Baby Girl West yet… pic.twitter.com/o7D3lufSYk
— Christina Curatolo ❥ (@MUNCHKiN_XO) January 16, 2018
Replying to a tweet from comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Platinum Me! suggested that Kim should donate the gifts she gets “to new single moms or to women’s homes for moms to be instead. Would be good deed doing most good.”
Congrats to them both as babies are blessings but Ellen, come on, #KimYe can afford anything & everything the baby needs. How about @KimKardashian donate whatever gifts received to new single moms or to women's homes for moms to be instead. Would be good deed doing most good.
— 🌊MsPlatinumIsFedUp!🌊 (@purplemoonluv) January 16, 2018
This one from Buffy Summers was kind of funny.
— ɢ ☘︎︎ (@unnombreahi_17) January 16, 2018
NUFF suggested Kimye “name their baby daughter “Wild Wild” for the culture.”
I hope Kim Kardashian and Kanye West name their new baby daughter "Wild Wild" for the culture.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) January 16, 2018
The news that the couple had hired the services of an unnamed surrogate became public in June last year.
Delivering the baby herself could have been, potentially, life-threatening for Kim as she suffers from a condition known as placenta acreta. This occurs when the placenta gets abnormally attached to the muscular layer of the uterine wall (myometrium) increasing the risk of severe hemorrhaging during a vaginal delivery.
“It’s something that has been in the works for a bit now,” a source close to the celebrity couple told ET at the time. “There was always a very high risk if Kim became pregnant with a third baby, so it was never really an option. They are excited to finally add to their family.”
The source had also said that nearly $70,000 would go to the surrogate agency while the surrogate mother would receive a monthly payment of $4,500 for 10 months aimed at covering the gestation period and delivery.
Furthermore, the surrogate would receive $5000 for each additional baby, if any. So, if the surrogate had delivered a triplet on Monday, she would have made an extra $10,000.
There’s more! Had the surrogate ended up losing reproductive organs in the process, she would have been compensated $4000.
The other non-financial clauses of the surrogacy agreement included the following:
- Total abstinence from alcohol and drugs during the entire duration of the pregnancy
- No hot tubs or sauna
- Handling of cat litter, a strict no-no
- Must not apply hair dye
- A daily limit of only one caffeinated beverage
- No raw fish
According to the agreement, Kim and Kanye were to “assume the legal and parental responsibilities for any child … that may possess any congenital or other abnormalities or defects.”
In November 2015, Kim had written on her blog about the hardships she had had to endure delivering her first-born, North.
“Last pregnancy, I had a condition called preeclampsia, which is a serious condition you can get during pregnancy,” Kim had blogged.
“This is a high-risk condition that happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall. My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!! My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before.
My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal.”
On the April 2 episode of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Kim had made public her desire to further expand her family admitting to her mother that she would have to “explore surrogacy” as she had come to the “conclusion that I can’t carry another one.”
“I’d just love nothing more than to expand my family and just know that I have this world at home that’s safe,” Kim had revealed in the episode. “And if for some reason I left this earth sooner than I really wanted to, then my kids would have a support system at home so that I know that they would be OK if I wasn’t here.”
The news of the surrogacy deal broke on June 21, 2017, the day Kardashian launched her first makeup line, “KKW Beauty,” selling out all the 300,000 units of her $48 Crème Contour & Highlight Kit within three hours of the product going on sale.