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.

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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

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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.”

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

Happy Birthday From The Circle Surrogacy Family: Now and Then

Join us in wishing these two handsome cuties a very happy first birthday!!

Birthday for Twins Born Through Circle Surrogacy

Just one year ago these two precious bundles of joy were snoozing in their bassinettes (pictured below).

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We are honored to share in these special moments.

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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: 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!

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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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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.

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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 bgriffin-young@circlesurrogacy.com.

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

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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 smarino@circlesurrogacy.com.

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.