Late night TV comedian Jimmy Fallon disclosed late last week that he and his wife Nancy Juvonen had their baby girl, Winnie Rose Fallon, by using a gestational surrogate. As Today.com reports, Fallon is among a growing number of American couples who are taking that route to parenthood:
Statistics from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine show that births via gestational surrogacy have been steadily increasing since 2004. In 2011, there were 1,593 babies born via gestational surrogacy – that’s up from 1,448 in 2010 and 738 in 2004, according to the latest figures from the Birmingham, Ala.-based non-profit.
And thanks in part to high-profile types like Fallon casually announcing that he and his wife used a surrogate, the method is becoming much more accepted, and less stigmatized, in the United States, say experts and couples who have been there themselves.
Heather and James Gwinup even included their surrogate — who is Heather’s best friend — in photos announcing they were expecting: In one, a pregnant Jennifer Irwin holds a sign saying, “Their bun. My oven.”
The late night television comedian Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen have a new baby, a girl they have named Winnie Rose Fallon. More from PEOPLE.com:
“I’m the father of a beautiful baby girl. Her name is Winnie Rose Fallon and she’s so cute. She’s 5 lbs., 9 oz. Me and my wife are so happy,” Fallon said during his monologue Wednesday. “Thank you all for all the well-wishes on Facebook and Twitter and the blogs. I’m just so happy.”
The Late Night host, 38, and wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:21 a.m., his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
The first-time parents are “overjoyed about the arrival of their beautiful daughter,” the rep tells PEOPLE.
Fallon, who will take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year, and his producer wife, 46, were married in December 2007.
First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance on comedian Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show to raise awareness for her “Let’s Move” campaign, which works to inspire families to combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by adopting active lifestyles. The clip featured Obama and Fallon demonstrating “Mom Dancing” moves that are sure to give moms a giggle, ranging from “Raise the Roof” to the classic “Where’s Your Father (Get Him Back Here)!” Video clip below.