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Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation Founder John Weltman Contributes to an article on the SPAR program in SciTech Lawyer

Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation founder and president John Weltman contributed to an important piece that appeared in The SciTech Lawyer this past summer. The piece is called, Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids.

The SciTech Lawyer is a quarterly publication for the Science & Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association. Its mission is to provide information about current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology. The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), the program that makes HIV-positive parents able to have HIV-negative children, welcomed its first baby in 1999, yet a majority of people have never heard of this technology.

Since the first SPAR baby was born in May 1999, there have been 272 births via SPAR, which involves sperm washing (the same can be done with eggs) for safe IVF transfer. They have had a 100 percent success rate with these procedures. SPAR is becoming more accessible and more affordable, however, opposition to HIV-positive individuals becoming parents via IVF is still an unfortunate reality. Moreover, many men and women with HIV assume becoming a biological parent is not an option. This is why increased awareness is essential. We hope you take a few moments to read Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids, and help us spread the word about this miraculous technology that we have seen make dreams come true for several families.

Huffington Post: These Sweet Birth Photos Show There’s No ‘Right Way’ To Become A Family

Sensation. To capture the pregnancy journey and birth of their daughter, they hired photographer Tammy Schmit (Little Leapling Photography). When the Kansas-based photographer posted their album to her Facebook fan page, the post received 2,600 likes, 777 shares, and 128 comments!

From there, the Huffington Post picked up their story along with the photo series. The post from September 16, 2016 is called These Sweet Birth Photos Show There’s No ‘Right Way’ To Become A Family.

The photos capture a beautiful experience.

Jakob said in the article, “I’ve sort of wanted to become a dad as far back as I can remember, but I almost gave up the dream when I realized that I was gay. Fortunately, I fell in love with Johan who didn’t only share my dream; he was determined to make it come true.”

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the news site Elite Daily released a short documentary on surrogacy, featuring a Circle surrogate and her family, a parent through our program, and Jen Rachman, Circle’s New York area representative.

Circle surrogate Jenna Mancuso and her husband talk about surrogacy as a way to give back, matching with their intended parent, and gaining a long-lasting relationship. Michael Oppedisano, Jenna’s intended father, shares his experience, his desire to build a family, and his views on how surrogacy is changing the modern family.