New York May Lift Over 20-Year Ban on Surrogacy: Note from John Weltman

In what may be the second major step forward in surrogacy in the United States this spring, Brad Hoylman, Democratic State Senator for New York, announced yesterday the passage of Senate Bill S17A through committee. The Bill, if passed by the full assembly and signed into law, will effectively repeal New York’s two-decade-plus ban on compensated surrogacy. And, the Bill will allow intended parents and gestational surrogates to enter into surrogacy agreements and obtain a Judgment of Parentage from the court prior to birth.

The passage of the Bill by Committee does not overturn the law, but it is a major step forward toward that event. It may indicate that New York may soon join Washington, D.C. as the next long banned place to legalize compensated surrogacy.

Circle Surrogacy has long supported the organizations that have pushed for the repeal of New York’s ban on compensated surrogacy and is absolutely thrilled with this important move forward.

At Circle, we have four New York attorneys on staff and half of our domestic Intended Parents are from New York State. We regularly meet with potential Intended Parents at our offices in New York City. We can’t wait until we can locate local carriers for New York residents and use New York clinics to create and transfer their embryos. In addition, for our large European and international clientele, being able to do surrogacy in New York city will mean a significant reduction in travel time, since most direct flights from abroad go in and out of JFK Airport.

Congratulations Senator Hoylman and everyone who worked so hard to get to this important step.

John Weltman

New York Surrogacy Ban

Birth Announcement: Welcome Baby Astrid! – Circle Surrogacy

Circle Surrogacy Birth Announcement

astrid 2

astrid 3

astrid 4

astrid 5

 

Join us in welcoming the adorable Baby Astrid into the world. Her parents and the amazing surrogate, who made this bundle of joy possible, are all doing well.

We want to thank the new parents of this precious cutie for allowing us to share this announcement with our community. Every day that goes by in the Circle Surrogacy office we are reminded to be grateful for you! You give us the opportunity to help you build families. There is no greater honor.

Lots of love from the Circle Surrogacy Family!

~~~

Recent Posts:
VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate
Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate
VIDEO: Teens Born Via Surrogate Discuss Prejudice
Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage

~~

Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you have questions about helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, email us at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

 

The Importance of Surrogate Support Systems

“It’s been nice to work with my friends and they’ve wanted to be part of my life  and experiencing this with me” – Gina, Circle Surrogate

Gina, a Circle Surrogate from Los Angeles, discusses her motives to become a surrogate, and how her family and close friends make up her close-knit support system.

Personal support systems, like family and friends, play an incredibly important role in the surrogate’s journey. Often, as in Gina’s case, relationships with friends or family members who are unable to conceive on their own spark an initial interest into the possibility of becoming a surrogate in the first place.

When a potential surrogate makes the decision to move ahead, her support system becomes an invaluable asset as she navigates the emotional and practical aspects of the surrogacy process. The interest and care of friends and family members is rewarded by how much there is to learn witnessing the many phases of the surrogate’s  journey. As Gina says, ‘all of my friends have been really supportive and they’re all just very curious and very interested. I think it’s educated them about a lot of alternatives.’

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. | Learn more about becoming an intended parent.

John Weltman On The New Surrogacy Law in Washington, D.C.

washington, dc surrogacy law

One of the great accomplishments of the recent past is the overturning of the ban on surrogacy in Washington, D.C. This is not just a move forward, reducing from six locations in the United States where surrogacy is illegal and unenforceable to five (New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington state), but it is a statement of the future of surrogacy in the United States on a federal level.

For, as with every change in D.C. law, this alteration had to spend 60 days before Congress before it could be enacted into law. This gave the allegedly conservative Republican Congress a chance to decide, “No, D.C. could not authorize surrogacy.” Instead, it remained silent, allowing the overturning of the anti-surrogacy law to go into effect and D.C. to begin permitting surrogacy. That is a huge step forward.

We, at Circle, have heard from the Washington Post, who have reached out to speak to me and my law partner, Dean Hutchison, who is presently the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee, and soon to be Chair, to find out what we think this means and the future trends of surrogacy in the United States.

Despite fear by many that Donald Trump’s conservative government will negatively impact surrogacy, this is a sign that surrogacy is not only here to stay, it is becoming more secure in the United States.

John Weltman

Saying Goodbye To Parents At The Airport!

circle surrogacy babies at the airport

circle surrogacy babies at the airport

Last week, Eva Yu, our Outreach Coordinator who works with intended parents from China, met with a new proud papa. After helping him with some final arrangements, she accompanied him to the airport to say goodbye. Luckily, his parents were along for the ride to help him bring his babies back home.

Eva is pictured above.

Recent Posts:
VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate
Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate
VIDEO: Teens Born Via Surrogate Discuss Prejudice
Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage

~~

Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you have questions about helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, email us at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

Why Do Women Become Surrogates With Circle Surrogacy?

 Why do women become surrogates with Circle Surrogacy?

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. | Learn more about becoming an intended parent.

“Surrogates to me are very special. I think their work is more inspiring than our work.” – Dr. Daneshmand

Dr. Daneshmand, a fertility specialist and Circle Surrogacy-affiliated IVF doctor from San Diego Fertility Center, explains the requirements to become a surrogate as well as the altruistic heart and soul of the inspiring women who sign on to help families.

circle surrogates

Surrogates are a very special group of women with incredible impact. Feeling compelled to do the research and go through the application process to give one of the greatest gifts anyone can give is partly what makes them such incredible individuals.

Without our surrogates, Circle would not be possible. Many of our surrogates are inspired to become surrogates because their pregnancies were easy. Surrogate in most cases have already completed their families, and now want to help others build their families. Often surrogates reference a family member or close friend whose infertility struggles inspired them as well.

Recent Posts:
VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate
Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate
VIDEO: Teens Born Via Surrogate Discuss Prejudice
Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage

~~

Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

Learn more about becoming a surrogate. Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you have questions about helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, email us at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

Birth Announcement! Join Us in Welcoming These Adorable Twins

 

 

surrogate baby

Leo and Nick3

Leo and Nik 2

Leo and Nik4

Leo and Nik5

Posts You May Like:
Circle Surrogacy Birth Announcements
Videos from Circle Surrogacy

Recent Posts:
VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate
Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate
VIDEO: Teens Born Via Surrogate Discuss Prejudice
Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage

~~

Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate to help make a family’s dreams come true, learn more here

 

Washington, D.C. Lifts Ban on Surrogate Contracts on April 7, 2017

Message from Circle Surrogacy Founder and President John Weltman:

In keeping with our belief that surrogacy will continue to be better in the United States, we are delighted to announce that, effective today, Washington, D.C. has begun permitting surrogacy. This was subject to review by the U.S. Congress before becoming effective. This means that we can begin accepting surrogates from Washington D.C. as of today.

April 7, 2017–The Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016 authorized surrogate contracts for surrogacy arrangements where the surrogate is represented by independent counsel different from the intended parent’s counsel.

Previously, Washingtonians could pay fines up to $10,000 and even serve up to one year in jail. The law prohibited non-compensated surrogacy and altruistic surrogacy.

Now surrogacy contracts are enforceable. Moreover, the new law includes guidelines to help intended parents establish parentage.

Since it was founded in 2001, CFC has not accepted any gestational surrogate candidate from the District. Today, that policy changes, to the delight of both women who want to be surrogates and prospective parents living in DC.

surrogacy in washington dc

 

VIDEO: Los Angeles to Melbourne, Surrogate Matching with International Intended Parents

In this video, Gina, a surrogate from Los Angeles, shares her philosophy about matching with her intended parent from Melbourne.

Many of our employees at Circle Surrogacy are former surrogates. Their advice is valuable throughout the process for surrogates looking to decide what’s important for their journey. Since every journey is different, we match the surrogate’s expectations with the intended parent’s expectations.

After speaking with Gina, we reached out to Heather Manojlovic, a Circle Surrogate Outreach Coordinator, who has completed two surrogacy journeys. When asked about her experience, Heather said, “Both times I left my matching criteria very open.

In 2015 I came to Circle as a return carrier elated to expand my horizons with another life-changing experience.” According to Heather, she was excited about the world of possibilities. “The first IP profile I received was that of a foreign IP,” she recounts.

“My initial reaction was that the experience would allow me to learn about another individual’s culture and customs. I was eager to proceed forward. After we met during our initial Skype we began a courtship of sorts, scheduling times to call and trying to balance our time zone differences to coordinate.”

Heather and her intended parent used WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a free and secure messaging and calling app available on phones all over the world. Writing back and forth to one another through WhatsApp was a great way for Heather and her intended parent to get to know each other.

“We enjoyed sharing pictures and screenshots of our day-to-day lives along with details about the holidays and our family plans. I loved having a glimpse into their world and enjoyed sharing my world with them,” she added. Their communication on WhatsApp continued throughout their journey all the way to parenthood.

Even now, they connect from time to time. “The benefits from this experience have been life altering. It was such a beautiful experience to encounter and learn about my IP’s views and beliefs. I appreciate having the opportunity to carry for a foreign intended parent as it allowed me to have a global experience,” Heather added. If you have any questions, contact the prescreening team at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

Learn more about the Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate>

Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you are interested in helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, learn more here.  

Mom and Dad Pose with Their Egg Donor for Pregnancy Photo Shoot

5 months old!! #twins #twinsies #twinsofinstagram #babygirl #babyboy #brotherandsister #pink #blue

A post shared by Dueat42 (@dueat42) on

Glamour Health recently published an article about a pregnancy photo shoot where the couple included their egg donor. While the photo shoot was a great headline, the meat of the article is a first-person narrative detailing the process of selecting an egg donor. The author of this piece, Shannon M. Clark, M.D., bravely shares her experience from the initial disappointment when she and her husband realized they couldn’t do this on their own through to the transfer process and the birth of their beautiful twins.

It wasn’t an easy decision but Shannon and her husband came around to egg donation. After mentioning that her husband took a business-minded approach by creating a spreadsheet of potential egg donors, she explained how she helped refocus their search. She writes, “I was nowhere near a perfect candidate based on my personal and family history, so I felt that our [egg] donor didn’t have to be perfect either. Simply put, if we were going to try and find an [egg] donor with some of my traits, we were going to have to be willing to accept a less-than-flawless profile. I was choosing to be realistic. No one is perfect—not any one egg donor and certainly not me.”

After selecting their egg donor, Shannon asked to meet with her. While Shannon mentions several times in the article that most egg donors and recipients never have any contact, the world of egg donation is evolving for practical reasons and for technological reasons. Our egg donation agency is one of the only organizations that encourages and fosters some type of relationship for both the intended parents and the egg donor.

Our relationship-based approach is for the benefit of the child. Every child is different. Some are inquisitive. Some find out their origin story and genuinely don’t want to know more. Having a connection with one’s egg donor makes it easier, and possible, to organize a meeting at some point in the future if the child requests to do so. Additionally, because of social media, it’s become harder to guarantee everyone’s anonymity.

The journey for Shannon and her husband wasn’t what she expected when they set out to start their family, she admits. But in closing, she writes, “I may not have been able to experience all of the typical things a pregnant woman experiences but what I do have are beautiful photos of my barely there belly bump with my husband and the woman who made my dream of becoming a mother a reality. I also have two beautiful babies who make every tear I ever cried worth it. For that, I will forever be thankful.”

egg donor with intended mother

© Cheryl Whitney-Huebner/Image Studios Group LLC

 

To learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy and egg donation, click here. To view our egg donors, click here.