Felt Like “Less of a Woman”

Elizabeth Banks says she felt like ‘less of a woman’ after struggling with infertility

Actress Elizabeth Banks is reflecting on her journey with surrogacy 11 years after welcoming her first of two children into the world, sharing that there’s still “so much shame” attached to her infertility. While Banks described her dreams of marriage and having a family as “traditional” at the time, she explained the process of letting go of what that had meant to her as she discovered the impossibility of getting pregnant.


Banks has publicly shared her journey with infertility before and has spoken to the judgement that she faced as she and her husband made the decision to work with a surrogate in order to grow their family. “This is a long time ago before surrogacy was like a Kardashian thing. Nobody was doing it back then.” Banks also addressed the grief that she faced for the potential of carrying her own child before she was able to celebrate this alternate route to motherhood.

Now, 11 years after becoming a mother, Banks said that the moment she had her son in her arms the worry about how he was born washed away. “It made everything else so stupid. So silly. Everyone’s judgment, it’s like, ‘Oh, f*** off.’ Now they get to judge me for how I parent,” she said. “It starts all over again, it’s a whole other side of the cycle.”

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