Banks becomes mom via surrogate

March 31, 2011 at 12:27 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Elizabeth Banks revealed Wednesday she has become a first-time mother thanks to a surrogate.

Banks married sports writer and producer Max Handelman in 2003. The actress is best known for her roles in the films "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," "W.," "Role Models" and "Wet Hot American Summer," as well as on the TV shows "Scrubs" and "30 Rock."

"I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally. I have had untold number of opportunities to work with inspiring people, on great projects as an actress, and I have had a fantastic long-term relationship of nearly 20 years with my now husband, Max," reported Banks wrote on her blog.

"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly," she added. "After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a 'baby cake' and bake it in another woman's 'oven.' From that came two miracles. The first was meeting our carrier and her husband who were truly humbling in their decency and generosity. And the second miracle was the birth of our baby boy, Felix Handelman. Felix means 'happy' and 'lucky' in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing on our life."

Banks did not say when or where her son was born.

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