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August 16, 2018

Nate & Jeremiah: Surrogacy is a “Beautiful Experience”

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are trying to raise more awareness for surrogacy. “We don’t hear people talk about that as much as they could or should,” Berkus said in a recent interview. The stars of TLC’s “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” welcomed their second surro baby into the world just a few months ago and haven’t stopped beaming since.

Daughter Poppy is Joined by Baby Brother Oskar

“Yesterday, life cracked open in a way I didn’t think it could again with the birth of our son Oskar Brent-Berkus,” Brent gushed on Instagram. “Love multiplied. How can love continue to expand like this. Hand in hand our family is basking in the phenomenon of it all. We love you little Oskar. How thankful we are. How beautiful it all is.”

The couple waited until about a month before Oskar’s arrival to announce the pregnancy. The big reveal came when Berkus and Brent shared a video of three-year-old Poppy, also born via surrogacy, proudly announcing, “We’re going to have a baby brother!”

The Couple is Open, Yet Tight-Lipped About Details

Berkus and Brent share few details about their surrogacy experiences. In 2014, their announcement post read: “While we can’t share much, we can say that thanks to a surrogate and the support of those we love we will officially be a family in the spring of 2015!” So far, what we do know is that the California couple worked with different surrogates and egg donors to bring Poppy and Oskar into the world. While they gush about how special they believe their surrogates are, and how they’ve opted to maintain a relationship with both women, they don’t discuss the details of the pregnancies or surrogacies.

Instead, the pair focuses more on what being in the public eye means to them and how they’d like their story to help cultivate more acceptance for different lifestyles. With one dad Jewish and the other Buddhist, as well as the couple being openly-gay celebs, they’ve certainly had more than their fair share of challenges. When critics took to social media to bash their family, Berkus and Brent responded with class and love.

“My hope with having a show like #NandJByDesign on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves,” they explained. Moreover, the pair has become spokespeople for a new line of customizable diapers by Huggies. It’s a brand “That knows every family doesn’t look the same,” Berkus explains. One “That celebrates individuality and customization and just that inclusion. That’s what this is all about,” adds Brent. The couple hopes that by putting their family out there, more people will realize this is what a “normal” family looks like and will celebrate families of all types.

Begin Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

If you feel surrogacy is the right way to grow your family, Surrogate Parenting Services is here to help. With years of experience and hundreds of babies born, SPS understands that each situation is unique and all families deserve a positive start. We’re here for you from before a surrogate match is made until long after your baby is born, guiding you and your team through the process and ensuring it’s a beautiful experience for all. To learn more about the services we offer, call us at (949) 397-6855.