VIDEO: John Weltman’s Appearance on China Global Television Network

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On February 17, Circle Surrogacy’s Founder and President appeared on CGTN (China Global Television Network) formally known as CCTV-NEWS. Circle Surrogacy is the only surrogacy agency to be interviewed by CCTV. 

Back in 2013, CCTV interviewed John Weltman in our Boston office. You can view that video here: CCTV News Interviews John Weltman at Circle Surrogacy HeadquartersWe were very honored to be included in this segment.

While on the program, John made many powerful statements about the importance of surrogacy for China as well as several other countries where surrogacy is not possible.

Read what John had to say here:

The demand for surrogacy [in China] has grown exponentially in the last few years. I would have said a few years ago we had almost no clients from China. Now it makes up 30 percent of our international base. I think some of it has been the crackdown by the government on Chinese surrogacy that was still going on despite being it illegal is South China. And once that began people started coming to the United States to do surrogacy.

According to American Society of Reproductive Medicine, there are about 3,000 surrogate births a year in the United States. It’s a severe underestimation but I don’t think the number is huge. I think people are coming for different reasons. The heterosexual community, which is facing diseased uteruses, cancer diagnoses, absent uteruses, have reasons to do so. There’s the gay community that would like to have children and it’s now being accepted in many, many different countries, and those are people who are coming to surrogacy.

I think it should be legalized everywhere. I completely believe it in. I am a parent myself through surrogacy. I think it is one of the most wonderful, rewarding things for everyone involved, especially the surrogates. Compared to about 150 people who apply to our [intended parents] program every month, we have 1500 women who apply to be surrogates, many of them not caring about the money but caring about the ability to give that gift to somebody else.

My children are 23 and 21. They know who their surrogate mother is. They know who their genetic mother is. And they have a connection. In addition, my children have been around for 21 and 23 years, and they have no issues that have arisen by virtue of this because we have been open and honest with them from the beginning. I think that the way the United States does this versus other countries is absolutely different. And that much of what was going on in India where women were kept in housing away from their families and taken advantage of because the numbers were 10-fold, 100-fold what they would normally make was a very different story, and particularly why places like India, Cambodia, and Thailand shut it down. And the United States has not. I agree. There must be standards put in place to protect the rights of the women and the children.

This is the most wonderful thing that has every happened to me in my life. My children are here because of [surrogacy]. The woman who helped me have my children I consider a goddess, and I treat her as such, as do my children. And she thinks it is the greatest thing she has ever done in her life. She is so proud of the gift she gave.

First Birthday Celebration!

baby born with circle surrogacy

We love sharing birth announcements with you. Every now and then, we are lucky enough to receive photos of other special moments—moments after the surrogacy journey is behind our intended parents.

The little bundle of joy pictured above recently celebrated his first birthday with his loving parents. Please join us in wishing him a very happy and healthy year ahead! We hear from his parents that he is curious and outgoing.

We are honored to share in these special moments.

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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

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

In this video, parent through surrogacy (and adoption) and Circle Surrogacy Outreach Coordinator Brett Griffin-Young discusses how he communicates with his children about their origin stories. Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

Child born via surrogate

Brett with his daughter Georgiana and son Sebastian.

Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate is the first in a series of videos we’ve put together for our community. We feel it’s important to educate individuals about many facets of a surrogacy journey.

On one hand, it’s wonderful that we have a staff full of passionate and educated people working to help individuals and couples fulfill their dream of having a family. When you dedicate your career to such an emotional, multi-faceted focus, it’s easy to overload people with information. So, instead of coming up with a list of topics to film, we let our community decide. We based each video on search frequency.

Expect to see a few videos published each month exploring a myriad of topics. We even have segments featuring IVF doctors explaining the medical aspects of

Background on Brett-Griffin Young

Brett has been working with Intended Parents from around the world in more than 25 countries–helping them through their surrogacy journey. He travels to various locations around the world to talk about his experience with U.S. Surrogacy. He’s enthusiasm and passion for the field of surrogacy is evident every time he speaks on the subject. You may reach out to him directly at

Learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy.

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Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate


When public figures share their fertility struggles with us, it signifies progress for our community. Amy Smart’s Instagram post may seem sweet and simple, but it also helps others understand why couples and individuals turn to surrogacy to build their families. More importantly, seeing a happy ending encourages couples who have been struggling.

We did not work with Amy Smart and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse, but we are delighted for them. Not only are we thrilled to hear of their happiness, but we are overcome with joy because we know how much this must mean to them. We see how miraculous it is for a couple, or individual, to finally hold their baby.

Congratulations, Amy and Carter! Thank you for singing your surrogate’s praises. The women who agree to help make parents’ dreams come true are miraculous individuals who deserve all the recognition in the world.

Learn More:

Become a Surrogate: click here | Become an Intended Parent: click here

VIDEO: Kids Born Through Surrogacy Discuss Prejudice

This video features three young adults, born with Circle Surrogacy, discussing their personal experiences dealing with prejudice. (The Teen Panel from the left, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary.)

Elinor started the discussion by sharing her experience being raised Jewish. She explains that there are passages in the Torah forbidding same-sex relationships. However, she does find comfort in the fact that her friends don’t interpret the Torah literally–and don’t believe there is anything wrong with same-sex relationships.

Liv and Zachary stated they hadn’t experienced much prejudice.

They had great advice to give children and young adults experiencing prejudice. They said not to listen to negative people, not to be ashamed of your family, and to surround yourself with the good people.

The young adults on the panel also discussed the benefits of having two dads when it came to sexual orientation and accepting others. Elinor, Liv, and Zachary express that they knew growing up if they would also be accepted, no matter their sexual orientation. Elinor and Liv identify as straight. Zachary discussed coming out to his parents. He said having two dads “made it easier for me to accept it myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.”

The panel above is from the Men Having Babies Conference in May of 2016.

Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage


Angela Elson’s New York Times article about grieving after a miscarriage was posted on Facebook at 5:38 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 8 amidst NFL playoffs and Golden Globe mania. In the face of today’s diverse distractions, over 2,000 people shared the post, almost 6,000 reacted, and hundreds of people commented with their stories.

Starting the conversation is the first step to coming up with better traditions for coping with loss.

In the personal piece, Angela shares a story about visiting the famous Mount Koya cemetery in Japan with her husband and seeing hundreds of Jizo statues. As she explains, “These small figurines dressed in red caps and bibs honor the souls of babies who are never born.”

At the time, she admits that she and her husband were young enough to assume miscarriages only happen to “other people.” However, years later Angela miscarried at 10 weeks.

She writes, “We knew miscarriage was common. But why wasn’t there anything people did when it happened?”

Her husband suggested getting a Jizo.

She described the statue as “the height of a paperback and made of cement. His eyes were squinted in a mellow smile, hands folded in prayer.”

Buddhists believe a baby who isn’t born can’t go to heaven, but Jizo sneaks them into heaven in his pockets.

Angela found solace in knitting Jizo the perfect red hat and coat. Her husband planted a garden for him to serve as a reminder, as she writes, “not so often as to make us sad, but often enough so that we don’t forget him entirely.”

To read Angela’s full New York Times article, click here.  

At Circle Surrogacy, we have a comprehensive support team of licensed social workers. Since everyone’s experience is different, we tailor our resources to the parent(s). Our Intended Parent support team is a resource available to IPs throughout their journey. Surrogates are assigned a social worker at the beginning of their journey, who provides support and guidance.  

If you have any questions about Circle Support, please feel free to contact our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino at

Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Baby Boy Through Surrogacy

Boy Crazy….Here’s to a year filled with happiness and love! Happy New Year ❤️🌎❤️

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Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery welcomed a baby boy through surrogate. His name is Eli Christopher. Ellen and Chris have two daughters as well (one of their other daughters was also born via surrogacy).

Ellen has been a vocal advocate for surrogacy, which is important for our community. Public figures help to educate others who are not connected personally to surrogacy. For any couple, deciding to explore surrogacy is an important decision. Announcements from stars, like Ellen, help to start a healthy and positive dialogue. It’s especially encouraging to see the result: a happy parent cuddling and dancing with her newborn baby.

We wish to congratulate Ellen and Chris, and to commend them for being open about their journey.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a surrogate, click here. If you would like to know about becoming a parent through surrogacy, click here.

Birth Announcement! Join Us in Welcoming Baby Zachary from Circle Surrogacy

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Join us in welcoming Baby Zachary! Zachary was born earlier this month weighing in at 7 lbs. and 7 oz. He and his father, John, are happy and healthy. John’s surrogate gave him a wonderful gift.

Circle Surrogacy couldn’t exist without the generosity of surrogates. Baby photos and birth announcements show us how miraculous surrogates are.

We also want to thank John for allowing us to share this collage with you. We are honored every time a parent or surrogate gives us permission to post photos of their journey. These special photos allow us to share in the beauty of the most precious moments of a surrogacy journey.


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a surrogate, click here.

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: “Where do I start if I want to be a surrogate?” Research (reading this blog) is a great place to start. Doing research helps you pick the right agency for you. Agencies vary considerably. Here are a few points to keep in mind when researching agencies:

Circle Surrogacy is the only agency that promotes the parent-surrogate relationship. We help to facilitate a strong connection between the surrogate and her intended parents. Research has shown that having a strong relationship is what’s best for the child.

Circle Surrogacy also provides the most comprehensive social support of any agency. We offer one-on-one time with a licensed social worker, monthly video chats covering a variety of topics related to journey details, and a private Facebook group. The private Facebook group is a forum where current surrogates get to know one another. It’s also a fantastic way to stay engaged in the community after your journey is over. Many former surrogates help current surrogates with support and advice. 

For birth announcements, updates, and surrogacy-related news, follow us on!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, click here. ]

VIDEO: Teens Born with Circle Surrogacy Discuss Marriage Equality and Trump

In this video, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary (young adults born with Circle Surrogacy) discuss two defining moments they’ve experienced within the last few years.

The first moment is the passage of the Marriage Equality Act on June 26, 2015. Each panelist had a very positive response to this pivotal decision in our country’s history. Elinor says, “I thought we were on the way to more progress.” Liv added, “I remember feeling like finally the rest of the country is going to be like our state [New York].”

The second defining moment is the election of Donald Trump this past November.

Elinor started off by saying, “It’s more ‘what’s going to happen to us as a country?’ rather than ‘what’s going to happen to us as a family?'” Liv and Zachary shared the same sentiment. They feel an overall concern for the country, not just the LGBTQ community.

This Teen Panel was part of the Men Having Babies Conference in May of 2016. 


Happy New Year from Circle Surrogacy!

happy new year from circle surrogacy


This year has been tremendous. We want to thank our community for the baby photos we shared on social media (and the ones we didn’t). We also want to thank you for your continued support. The reunions held in the United States and abroad this year confirmed something we already knew–we are part of an incredible community. That’s always a pleasant reminder.

One Circle employee, Jen Rachman, who is a parent through Circle Surrogacy, said that the best part of our New York reunion was telling her son that all of the children at the party were born through surrogacy.

In 2017, we will be doing even more to connect the Circle Surrogacy community. If you would like to become more involved, please feel free to reach out to me (Lauren Muscarella,

You may also use that email to share family photos with us. We love seeing your photos from newborn babies to the 10th birthday photos to the holiday cards that flood the office in December.

No matter what department you ask–Legal Team, Marketing Team, Accounting Team, Social Workers–receiving baby photos, family photos, and announcements is one of the best parts of the job.

Take a look this snapshot of Circle Surrogacy over the last decade!

circle surrogacy then and now Circle Surrogacy