Anderson Cooper and his ex-partner, Benjamin Maisani, welcomed their first baby, Wyatt Morgan, on Monday, April 27, to their family. As the CNN journalist and political commentator revealed in a recent Instagram post, his first son was born via a surrogate. So, did they adopt Wyatt? How does surrogacy work?
So, did Anderson Cooper adopt his first son?
"I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father," Anderson revealed in an Instagram post dating back to Friday, May 1. As the primary anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° explained, his son was born via a surrogate.
"Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing - what she, and all surrogates give to families who can't have children," he wrote.
"My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives," Anderson added.
The identity of the surrogate is unknown. Anderson didn't disclose further details about the process either.
In the case of traditional surrogacy, the birth mother is genetically tied to the baby, while in the case of the latter, she is not. According to WebMD, gestational surrogacy is more popular among couples eager to start a family — as it comes with fewer legal implications.
On the other hand, adoption would see would-be parents reach out to a pregnant woman or a woman about to give up her child for adoption. As such, it belongs to a different category.
Anderson named the baby after his dad, Wyatt Emory Cooper.
Anderson picked names he knew his parents would have liked. He chose Wyatt because it was the name of his father. Likewise, Morgan was one of the names on the list he and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, put together before he was born.
"He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son's middle name is Morgan. It's a family name on my mom's side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me," Anderson wrote.
When it comes to raising the baby, Anderson will be relying on his ex, Benjamin, for help. As the journalist told The Daily Mail, Benjamin will be called 'papa,' and he is already talking to Wyatt in French.
As US Weekly reveals, the night club owner is ready to make some additional sacrifices as well. According to the outlet, he already put one of his clubs on the market. What's more, he is trying to spend more time at home with the baby and Anderson.