(Couples who turn to a surrogate for carrying a pregnancy may use their own eggs and sperm, or donor cells.) The use of a gestational carrier in fertility treatment is still not very common. Tomer Singer, a reproductive endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, estimates that about 5 percent of the couples he sees with fertility problems use a gestational carrier.[Future of Fertility Treatment: 7 Ways Baby-Making Could Change] Some of the reasons why a couple may need to use a gestational carrier include: Older women may be more likely than younger women to need a gestational carrier, because some the risk of some conditions that affect the ability to carry a pregnancy — such as uterine fibroids, and recurrent miscarriages — increase with age, Singer said. The 48-year-old actress is set to take the role of Veronica, a morally corrupt, taste-challenged and highly successful alpha female.She is the book editor who gives Marilyn (Andrea Martin) a chance to publish her own book.Unsurprisingly, the actress has a lot on her plate between her infant son and her role as Dr.Joan Watson -- a smart and stylish Chinese-American female version of Dr.
The 46-year old Liu made the announcement through Instagram, where she posted a photo of herself holding her son.A gestational carrier (or gestational surrogate) is a woman who carries a child for another couple, but the carrier not the biological mother of the child, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).Instead, the egg from the biological mother and sperm from the father are combined in a lab dish (through a process called in vitro fertilization), before the fertilized embryo is implanted in the gestational carrier.Older women may also be more likely to have chronic conditions that would make pregnancy risky, such as heart, lung or thyroid conditions.When Lucy Liu welcomed her son Rockwell in August of last year, the single mom proudly announced that he was "brought into the world via gestational carrier.""I didn't really think about it at all," Liu told CBS News. I didn't realize there was criticism until after I sent out the information that I had my baby through a gestational carrier and my friends said, 'Don't listen to what some people are saying.' I didn't realize people were saying anything negative!In 2012, Liu joined the cast of the TNT series Southland in the recurring role of Jessica Tang, for which she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Guest Actress.She is currently co-starring in the Sherlock Holmes–inspired crime drama series Elementary as Joan Watson for which she won the Seoul International Drama Award for Best Actress, and voicing Silvermist in Disney's Tinker Bell film series.Lucy's entire ensemble hails from Monique Lhuillier's (master of lace, no less! Unfortunately that means neither the floral coat, nor pretty lace dress are available to buy just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't take inspiration from Lucy's outfit.We love the drop waist shape and guipure lace texture of this dress, which proves that white lace doesn't necessarily have to be bridal.A representative for Liu said the actress had a gestational carrier for her son, according to the Los Angeles Times.Liu joins others celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, and actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, who have all used surrogates to carry their children.