Are Celebrities More Fertile Than the Average Woman? Inside the Hollywood Baby Boom
By Jo Piazza Posted Jan 14th 2011 05:30PM
The quick and easy answer is that celebrities are not necessarily more fertile, or even more predisposed to avoid contraception than you and me. It just seems like celebrities spawn more often than the average person because we are more likely to hear about their process of procreation..all..the..time.
That's the media's fault for reporting it and America's fault for loving it. Supply and demand dictates that the celebrity press writes lots of baby stories because their audiences eat it up.
But lately it does seem like Hollywood is having a lot more babies than they were a couple of months ago. Let's go through the roster: Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Devon Aoki, Owen Wilson, Alicia Silverstone, Selma Blair and Tia Mowry.
Now one of the reasons it seems celebrities have more babies as of late is that outlets (us included) write about pretty much any celebrity baby. So the Devon Aokis and Tia Mowrys, lovely ladies, but not necessarily A-list, bolster the supposed baby boom.
Some of the celebrity pregnancies weren't exactly expected which makes us even more apt to talk about them. We know Kate Hudson's was "unplanned." Her camp confirmed it to Us Weekly magazine. Natalie Portman had only been with her beau Benjamin for about a year, so everyone guesses they weren't making any big family plans. And Selma Blair's "friends" have intimated that her news is also "unexpected."
Now this unexpected quality has a lot of celeb watchers murmuring about the overall availability of birth control in Hollywood. But a look at the statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that celebrities really aren't that likely to have an unplanned pregnancy than the rest of America.
Half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, which means that of the 6.4 million pregnancies in the U.S. ever year, more than 3 million are unplanned.
Kate Hudson and Selma Blair are in their 30s. Three-quarters of unplanned pregnancies happen to women younger than 30: most to women in their 20s, less than a quarter to teens. But there are still 677,000 unplanned pregnancies to women 30-plus every year.
It just seems like celebrities are having a lot of babies because we are programmed to consider the celebs we read about on a near daily basis as similar to our circle of close friends. When you look at them like that and consider the fact that only one of your close friends got pregnant in the past month or two then it seems like celebrities skew higher. But instead look at the circle of celebrities we read about as the "friends" in your Facebook or Twitter universe. Doesn't it seem like someone in that friend group is always showing off a new ultrasound?
There's no fertility drug running through the faucets of the Hollywood Hills. In this case, celebrities really are "just like us."
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