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13Aug 13

Felix Handelman

The story of baby Felix Handelman is truly inspirational. Like Skyler Berman, Felix’s parents, actress Elizabeth Banks and sports writer, producer Max Handelman have had a successful 20+ year relationship. Married in 2003, they began a journey to bear a child.

While Elizabeth’s professional life soared, acting in the film “W” and the television series “30 Rock,” she struggled to get pregnant at home. They tried all sorts of treatments and therapies, but none seemed to work. Refusing to give up, their patience and persistence led them to the process of gestational surrogacy that finally assured the birth of their first baby boy Felix.

Felix Handelman

Felix Handelman

Surrogate Birth

Born in Los Angeles in March 2011 Felix was introduced to us via Elizabeth Bank’s blog. She told us that Felix means “happy” and “lucky” in Latin. And true to his name, Felix is a very happy baby and a blessing in his mum’s life.

I am overjoyed for the happy trio and for all mothers who overcome the obstacles of infertility. Treatments can be painful, slow and expensive, so it’s so beautiful when would-be mums are finally able to have a baby via a surrogate mother. Elizabeth was so happy with Felix, that she soon managed a second surrogate round with Felix’s baby brother, Magnus Mitchell Handelman.

The Happy Family

What has this experience taught Elizabeth? She says that it taught them a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime.

At the age of 39, Elizabeth tackles her new mummy role with enthusiasm and dedication. She doesn’t get through her day without the two miracle babies along her side. She is always poised and confident as she is captured strolling through the park or shopping with her sidekick Felix.

Whether in the West Village in New York or at the Farmer’s Market in L.A, Felix appears cosy with a baseball hat and mini-jersey. He will grow up to learn his mom was a heroic baseball player in her little league, risking a broken leg to reach third base!

Proud papa Max has been supportive and instrumental in assuring the well-being of baby Felix. Mother and father have embraced parenting later in life but by no means with less dynamite style and energy! With their love, I believe that Felix will also be self-assured and successful.

Do you know anyone who had a baby via a surrogate mother? What was the experience like?

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