Join us in P-Town July 26th for a Bonfire!!

Family Week is the largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families in the world.

As part of the event, we will be at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, Mass. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to sponsor the Beach Campfire at Family Equality Council’s Family Week.  The Beach Campfire is from 5 pm – 8 pm and is for all ages.

Circle Surrogacy employees in attendance include Dean Hutchison, Director of Legal Services, Michael Metivier, Director of Marketing, Nancy Weatherby, Client Development, and Gina-Marie Madow, Attorney.

We hope to see you there, and we hope you’re enjoying the summer!

 

Baby Ines Photo Album from Circle Surrogacy

We’re delighted to share the photo album documenting one of the babies born (through Circle Surrogacy) recently: Baby Ines!

 

Birth Announcement: Welcome Cutie Baby Ines – Circle Surrogacy

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Welcome Baby Ines!

The verbs we use to talk about surrogacy can vary. My favorite would have to be when we talk about building families. The reason I like to use “build” and any iteration of it is because of the meaning you can evoke from it. Hearing it, I start to think about what it means to build a family. Build, building, built… They all help us understand that it’s a process not just one snapshot of a birth announcement. The birth announcement is merely one piece of the puzzle on a lifelong adventure living for something greater than oneself. Some of us have that in careers and other passions but it’s not the same as family.

Family means a lot of things. That we love each other unconditionally even if that love may at times lead us to have many wonderful times together and it also means we may be furious with each other. But, it’s an oath that says something like, “Even though you may make me furious, I will sit here and help you through, no matter what.” It’s a promise to protect and respect. It’s a promise to explain why. “We don’t run in the street because we could get hurt.”

Over the holiday weekend, I spent time with close friends, who are now a lot like family. While there, I heard a new song. When my friend’s toddler had to pick up her toys, her grandmother would sing to her, “Clean up, clean up, everybody does their share.” It’s no surprise that she is an elementary art teacher, so she has a way of explaining to children why each action is important. Seeing a toddler clean up while singing about cleaning up is something I hadn’t seen before.

It was a gentle–or maybe kind of obvious now that I’m thinking about it–reminder of how much goes into raising a child. How much love. How much patience. How much thoughtfulness. How much care. It made me think of our intended parents and our surrogates–the joining of selflessness from women who know what it means to be a parent and want to build a family with individuals and couples who want nothing more than to build their own families.

The experience made me so grateful to come into work this morning after a wonderful holiday and see more families being built.

 

To find out more about becoming a surrogate, click here.

To schedule a consultation and learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, click here.

Birth Announcement: Welcome Ingeborg and Hans!!

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Please join us in congratulating this adorable little family! Ingeborg and Hans are so precious and adorable. To see a slideshow of these bundles of joy, click here.

We are delighted every time our intended parents give us permission to share their most joyous moments with us and with YOU! We are beyond grateful. Of course, we understand when families opt for privacy–which is why we are that much more filled with gratitude when we have the distinct honor to share personal moments.

VIDEO: “Gay Dads Share Their Path to Fatherhood”

A few weeks ago NBC put together a segment called “Gay Dads Path to Fatherhood” in honor of Father’s Day.

We posted it on the weekend of Father’s Day to our Facebook page. The video segment includes dads who grew their families through surrogacy as well as adoption. Telling the stories of real people helps others to understand, which is why we are so grateful that this segment was created.

Inside the community of people who have had their families with the generosity and help of a surrogate as well as the amazing women who become surrogates, surrogacy is easy to understand. However, helping others learn about the great impact surrogacy has on so many lives is still very important. Pieces like NBC’s segment put faces to the concept and help combat other articles that seek to sway public opinion without getting all the facts first.

More important than giving voices to the parents who build their family through alternatives like adoption and surrogacy, it helps the children We want all children to grow up in a society of understanding, acceptance, empathy and compassion. Education is the fuel behind all of those commendable virtues–without a doubt.

We hope you enjoy watching this video segment like we did. Please feel free to share this blog post and others like it with your community to help spread the word about the miracles surrogacy brings to the world.

If you are interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy and would like to learn more or set up a consultation, please visit us at circlesurrogacy.com/parents

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate and would like to learn more or speak with someone from our Surrogate Outreach team, please visit us at circlesurrogacy/com/surrogates. To be connected to a coordinator by phone, call 617-439-9900.

VIDEO: Surrogate Support at Circle Surrogacy

In this video, Circle social worker Solveig Gramann explains each of the three types of support offered to surrogates throughout their journey as well as after their journey is completed. Circle Surrogacy offers more comprehensive support than any other agency.

If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, you can learn more about the requirements in addition to application details by visiting circlesurrogacy.com/surrogates

Welcome, Baby Loki!

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Join us in welcoming baby Loki to the world!

We feel lucky and blessed to share such good news when the real news can be so heartbreaking.

We are in awe of our generous surrogates as well as our intended parents, who are selfless in their desire to build beautiful families.

If you are considering surrogacy to build your family, the best first step is to set up a free consultation with our team to learn about each aspect of the process. To learn and sign up for consultation, click here.

Additionally, we come to New York as well as many other cities all over the world to meet with couples and share that miracles are truly possible with surrogacy. Click here to find out about upcoming events.

If we aren’t coming to your neighborhood soon, we set up Skype calls as well. To set up a Skype call, click here.

 

VIDEO: Circle Surrogacy Intended Parents in a ‘Gays with Kids’ Segment

You may need a tissue next to you when watching this, because this video will pull at your heart. George and Farid met with us in June of 2010, they signed on with us two weeks later, and were matched a few months after that with Jeni Denhof. Some of you may recognize the name because Jeni worked here at Circle for many years.

In this ‘Gays with Kids’ segment, George and Farid open up about their journey from meeting and falling in love to starting a successful restaurant together, then getting to the moment where they wanted to get married and start a family.

In 2008, they got engaged! In 2010, they began their surrogacy journey to have twins, Milena and Gustavo.

They are very candid about their success without children to share it with was not the same. To hear about their journey, it helps people who don’t know much about the power of surrogacy. This video is also such an inspiration to couples who are considering becoming parents through surrogacy. While it is a big decision, having authentic couples like Farid and George speak openly about their experience is amazing. We are so blown away by the way parents who’ve worked with us represent surrogacy and advocate for it.

If you are considering surrogacy, the best first step is to set up a free consultation with our team to learn about each aspect of the process. To learn and sign up for consultation, click here.

Additionally, we come to New York as well as many other cities all over the world to meet with couples and share that miracles are truly possible with surrogacy. Click here to find out about upcoming events.

If we aren’t coming to your neighborhood soon, we set up Skype calls as well. To set up a Skype call, click here.

FAQ: Is There a Weight Requirement to Become a Surrogate?

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We love receiving your questions about surrogacy on Facebook either through comments or by private message, so please keep them coming. However, there are some questions we receive often. One question we see a lot is: Is there a weight requirement to become a surrogate?

There is no weight requirement but there is a BMI, or Body Mass Index, requirement.

Why does BMI matter for Surrogates?BMI

BMI is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. The requirement is put in place for your safety. We screen surrogates because we want to make sure that a surrogacy journey is going to be the right choice for each individual who applies.

The required BMI to become a surrogate is 33 and under, and in some cases, 33-35 can be accepted too. 

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Become a Surrogate Webinar with Kristi Johnson and Amanda Baker

Yesterday Surrogate Outreach Coordinators Kristi Johnson and Amanda Baker hosted a webinar to take women through the full process of becoming a surrogate. In addition to working closely with the surrogacy process for Circle, they have both gone through surrogacy journeys of their own. Their unique perspective made this a lively and informative discussion.

This webinar is the perfect 30-minute listen if you want to learn about surrogacy, but you don’t want to read through the materials, or if you have read through the materials online and you want a refresher course.

Becoming a surrogate can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but it’s an important decision that requires research and thought. During yesterday’s live Webinar Kristi and Amanda answered several audience questions like “Do the injections really hurt?” (the answer may surprise you) in addition to questions about breastfeeding, compensation, and at-home support.

If you would like to reach out to Kristi, email her at kjohnson@circlesurrogacy.com. To connect with Amanda, email her at abaker@circlesurrogacy.com.

For updates, photos, and the latest in surrogacy news, follow us on facebook.com/circlesurrogacy!

If you’re ready to start the application, click here!