Now that Bethenny Frankel has closed the book on her divorce from Jason Hoppy, an insider tells Life & Style she’s focused on a new happily-ever-after plan with her banker beau, Dennis Shields.

Bethenny and Dennis, “have been talking about having a child together via surrogate,” an insider says.

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Bethenny, who’s mom to daughter Bryn, 6, “is about to turn 46 and she’s not delusional about wanting to carry a child at her age. But Bethenny has always wanted a sibling for Bryn.”

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Not everyone is on board with Bethenny’s baby plan, though. Her estranged mother, Bernadette Birk, is strongly opposed to the idea.

“I think it’s stupid, because she can’t even take care of [Bryn],” Bernadette tells Life & Style, adding that after Bethenny suffered a miscarriage at age 41, she was told she could no longer have children.

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“She’s all over the place. Really, is she going to have a baby to cement the relationship with this new guy? I don’t know. Bethenny always has a reason for everything she does.”

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