Around 10 percent of couples are affected by infertility, in addition to gay couples- many of whom would like to build families. Surrogacy has become one of the most viable options for couples who cannot conceive. Even though it is far more common today than it was 20 years ago, surrogacy is still new to the world in a lot of ways.

Most of the negative stories we hear in the media are the one in 10,000 stories, which overshadow the thousands of babies who are being born into beautiful, loving families due to the generosity of surrogates from several different states. Not to mention, those sensationalized stories often leave out pertinent facts to give readers proper context.

That’s why when a celebrity like Elizabeth Banks–who you probably know from the Hunger Gamesseries, 30 Rock, Modern Family and Wet Hot American Summer–speaks out about surrogacy, it’s a powerful gesture to the kids born via surrogacy, parents via surrogacy and surrogates.

Elizabeth Banks and husband Max Handelman have welcomed both sons–Felix and Magnus–via a surrogate mother.

“This experience has exceeded all expectations, taught us a great deal about generosity and gratitude, and established a relationship that will last a lifetime. I am also so very thankful to our family and friends for their support throughout this process,” she said.

“It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant,” she said regarding her infertility issues. “It’s a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. And it’s hard losing that kind of control. But our surrogate is so extraordinary, and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie.”

That’s great to hear. Our surrogacy agency, Shared Conception, applauds Elizabeth Banks, for speaking candidly about her experience. I hope she knows how much it means to us.