Speculation has continued to swirl around the circumstances of supermodel Naomi Campbell’s shock baby announcement.
Fans of the 50-year-old were unaware that she was expecting a child until she took to her Instagram last night to announce the birth of her daughter.
But it is unclear if Campbell was pregnant herself, or welcomed her daughter via surrogate or adoption.
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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs joined a wave of A-list celebrities commenting on the announcement.
“Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are,” he wrote.
“What a wonderful mother you will be. Blessings all around.”
It is suspected that Campbell did not conceive her daughter naturally due to her age.
However, Campbell has previously been open about looking into treatments such as IVF.
“Now with the way science is, I think I can do it when I want,” Campbell told ES Magazine in 2017.
“I do want a father figure, I think it’s important. It’s the way I feel today, sitting here talking to you.”
Campbell wouldn’t be the first older star to use treatments such as IVF to prolong fertility.
Cameron Diaz surprised the world when she became a mother at 47, having not previously shared that her and Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden were expecting.
Janet Jackson sparked similar speculation when she announced she was having her first child at age 50, in 2016. But unlike Campbell, Jackson confirmed that she was pregnant and gave birth to son Eissa, whom she shares with Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana.
Australian film star Nicole Kidman welcomed her second child Faith via surrogate when she was 44, after struggling with infertility almost her entire adult life.
While Kidman fell pregnant naturally with her biological daughter Sunday Rose when she was 41, she never confirmed if this was thanks to IVF.
In a 2012 interview, Kidman did say that she had “done all the stuff you can possibly do to try to get pregnant” but suggested that Sunday was a “miracle” naturally conceived pregnancy.
Fellow supermodel Brooke Shields gave birth to her second daughter Grier when she was 40, just after she had decided to try one more round of IVF.
Legendary singer Celine Dion welcomed twins when she was 42 after going through multiple rounds of IVF and suffering a miscarriage.
WA fertility experts have previously raised concerns about the growing trend of older celebrity mothers not disclosing how they welcomed their “miracle” babies.
Obstetrician and gynaecologist at St John of God Hospital in Subiaco, Richard Murphy, spoke to The West Australian in 2020 and said: “People sometimes have an unrealistic expectation of how easy it is to get pregnant at an older age.”
He said famous mothers over the age of 45 are likely using a donor egg or embryo and that the live birth rate among women over 44 is about one per cent.
“If you are 44 or 45 or 46 you are much more likely to go into labour early, develop pre-eclampsia, grow a small baby, get diabetes — all of the complications tend to get a lot worse,” Dr Murphy said.
In Australia, the rate of women over the age of 30 having their first child has risen drastically since the early 1990s.
In 1991 about 23 per cent of those having their first child were over the age of 30 compared to 48 per cent in 2016.
Original posted at thewest.com.au