Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly hired a surrogate for their third child, a source confirmed to People.
Kim has previously opened up about wanting to expand the family. In an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians in March, she told her sisters she was "going to to try to have one more baby," but doctors advised her it might not be safe. The reality star suffers from placenta accreta, a serious condition during pregnancy where the placenta grows too deeply in the womb.
"My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails," she wrote on her website about her first time giving birth. "How disgusting and painful!!! My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that—it was the most painful experience of my life!"
After being told a third pregnancy would be unsafe, Kardashian heeded the medical advice she was given. "If the two doctors I trust have told me it would not be safe to get pregnant again, I have to listen to that," she said in a 2016 episode of KUWTK where she considered surrogacy.
According to TMZ, Kardashian and West found a surrogate through an agency, and the process is not cheap. They'll be paying $45,000 (through ten $4,500 instalments). The surrogate also gets $5,000 for each additional child if there are multiples, and $4,000 if she loses reproductive organs. The pair were also required to pay a deposit of $68,850, the site reports.