New England Reunion Photos – Circle Surrogacy

On September 10, we hosted a New England reunion for our parents and children on Castle Island located on the shore of the Boston Harbor.

We were delighted to see many families who worked with us to have children throughout the last 20 years.

We’d like to acknowledge Jenn Skarinka. Jenn coordinates all of our Circle events flawlessly and this event was no different.

The photos are from Gene. He is pictured below with his son.

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Circle Surrogacy Reunion in Oslo, Norway!

Last week Brett Griffin-Young (International Outreach Associate) and Dean Hutchison (Director of Legal Services) hosted a reunion for Norwegian parents who have had their families with us. Take a look below to see some of the beautiful photos snapped and hear from Brett about this wonderful event.

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Brett with the Circle Surrogacy Cake!

Brett: It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to travel to Oslo, Norway to reunite with some of our Norwegian parents. To me, the best part of my role at Circle Surrogacy is getting to meet up with our parents at various stages of their journey and know that I have helped in a small way to create their families. And, of course, I get to cuddle babies! To see the (exhausted!!) beaming faces of people whose dreams have come true is a unique and amazing experience. To talk with those who are waiting for babies to be born and feel their excitement building… And to those who are waiting to be matched with their surrogate to share in the nervous anticipation of the exciting path ahead! I have made many good friends through the common ground of surrogacy all around the world, and Norway is no exception!

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Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison is our grill master here and abroad.

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In addition to mingling, guests had lots of delicious food on hand to enjoy!

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Delicious sashimi from Norway!

Lucy Liu Talks about Having Her Son with Gestational Carrier

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Photo from CBS News

Last year, we congratulated Lucy Liu on announcing that her son Rockwell was born via gestational carrier. Now, Liu is continuing to speak out about the importance of family and how we define tradition.

In an article in CBS News, Liu said, “People have different opinions on how it’s done, but Tylenol (she is working on a sponsorship with the pain reliever) is encouraging other people to share their stories and say, ‘You don’t have to have a traditional family. It’s how you love your family.”

She went on to add, “It doesn’t matter the machinations of how things occur,” she explained. “How you love and parent a child is most important. That’s the support system, really.” And she said, “I don’t really raise [Rockwell] by myself. I have a lot of friends and a group of people who help me. It’s important to ask for help. If you can manage on your own, that’s fine, but people shouldn’t feel that they have to be alone while doing it.”

We couldn’t agree more, Lucy. We love to hear public figures using their opportunities to speak out. When individuals like Lucy Liu who appear on our movie screens and television sets share authentic stories about real life, society progresses and benefits.

Click here to learn about building your family with Circle Surrogacy. | Click here to learn about becoming a surrogate.

 

Circle Surrogacy Parents Featured in the Huffington Post!

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Jakob and Johan, who had their daughter Ellen with us at Circle Surrogacy, are an internet 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.”

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, please reach out to us to set up a free consultation. We travel to many major cities all over the world, and we also set up Skype calls if in-person meetings cannot be arranged. Click here to learn more.

Circle Surrogate Meets Bachelorette Couple Jojo and Jordan!

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Over the weekend, Steph (a surrogate in our program) met Bachelorette stars, Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. Several Circle employees are green with envy because we love talking about the show at lunch. I reached out to Steph with a few questions about her run-in with the reality stars on her way back from meeting with her intended parents. You won’t believe Steph’s Bachelorette connection to her IP match!

LM: Steph, what were you thinking when you first noticed Jojo and Jordan in the airport?
Steph: I was passing by and saw them sitting in their terminal waiting for their flight. My first thought was how much they both resembled JoJo and Jordan. Then I realized that’s who I was looking at!

LM: How did you ask them to take a photo with you?
Steph: I was hesitant to approach them because I’m sensitive to the fact that they are people and just want to do their thing. But my mom encouraged me. So I weaseled my way over to them and said something like, “Sorry to be a freak and stalk you guys, but I adore you both.” Then I asked for a picture with them. They happily agreed and I apologized for being dressed like a scrub on my way back from L.A. JoJo’s response was, “Well, look at us!” (Even though they both looked beautiful.)

LM: When you took the photo, did you know that our Circle Surrogacy office loves watching and talking about the Bachelor and Bachelorette?
Steph: I had no idea! What’s funny about this is I had referenced JoJo when trying to put into words why a match presented to me didn’t feel right. So I said, “Remember when a couple guys told JoJo they loved her and she couldn’t say it back because she knew it wasn’t right?” That’s exactly where I was. How funny that I would see her when en route from my trip with my perfect match. I hope this means we were meant to be!

LM: That’s amazing, Steph. We’re so in awe of our surrogates, especially ones who take photos with our favorite celebrities. 😉  What inspired you to become a surrogate?
Steph: All three of my pregnancies were such beautiful and miraculous experiences. It’s been a long-time dream of mine to step in and help a couple who has been struggling with completing their family. I feel like I have made life-long friends with my IPs and am so hopeful for a positive experience and successful journey!

We hope you enjoyed hearing about Steph’s experience as much as we did! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a surrogate, click here to learn more

Become a Surrogate Webinar with Anne and Heather

In this webinar, former surrogates and current Circle Surrogacy employees Anne Watson and Heather Manojlovic take you through their journeys as well as the surrogacy process.

In the presentation they review:

  • The requirements for being a surrogate
  • The importance of support from your friends and family
  • The extensive support Circle Surrogacy provides you
  • The compensation you receive as a surrogate, and the transparency that Circle offers to surrogates so they have an accurate understanding of compensation.
  • The legal work and the legal aid you receive when working with Circle.
  • Their personal journeys. Anne has done one journey and Heather has done two journeys. They discuss their relationship with their intended parents, their on-going relationship now, and the process of including their spouses in the process.
  • Q&A: In the question and answer portion of the webinar, listeners asked about explaining the process to your husband or partner. Both Heather and Anne discussed how they told their husbands about their interest in becoming a surrogate and helping a family.

If you are ready to become a surrogate, the best place to start is with the application. Click below to get started.

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Birth Announcement: Beautiful Baby Ellen!

Join us in congratulating Jakob and Johan! Ellen in beautiful. Alexandra, you have given them an unbelievable gift. We are in awe of you and all of the surrogates we have the pleasure of getting to know.

Photos by Tammy Schmit, Little Leapling Photography, Manhattan, KS

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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, Baby Annabel!

Join us in welcoming Baby Annabel, and congratulating Bryn and Michael.

It’s important to us to acknowledge the generosity of Bryn and Michael. On top of being thankful to work in a field that brings us so much joy, we are blown away by how our intended parents’ generosity in allowing us to share their special moments.

These photos are beautiful. We’re grateful and honored to be a part of your journey.

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WEBINAR: Become a Surrogate – Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 12 pm ET

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CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Circle Surrogacy Program Coordinator Anne Watson and Surrogate Outreach Coordinator Amanda Baker will take you through the process of becoming a surrogate while discussing their surrogacy journeys helping families fulfill their dreams. From the compensation ($30k – $55) all the way to the delivery and post-birth, Anne and Amanda will review every step of the way. The 30-minute webinar will conclude with a live Q&A. If you can’t make it to the recording, we will archive and post the following day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (Lauren Muscarella, webinar moderator) at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com.