What is Surrogacy?

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In recent years, surrogacy has become a common form of assisted reproduction. If you’re looking to learn more about it, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start off by defining the term.

The Definition
Surrogacy is when a woman bears a child for another person or couple, becoming pregnant either through in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Gestational vs. Traditional
There are two types of surrogacy: gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the more common practice, a surrogate becomes pregnant via in vitro fertilization and is not genetically related to the child to whom she gives birth. In a traditional surrogacy, a surrogate becomes pregnant via intrauterine insemination, uses her own eggs and has a genetic connection to the baby. While traditional surrogacy was the more common practice in years past, today the vast majority of surrogacy arrangements involve gestational surrogacy.

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New York Surrogacy Consultations

New York Surrogacy We’re back in New York City in December to give intended parents an opportunity to learn about becoming parents through surrogacy.

On Friday, December 6, 2013 and Saturday, December 7, 2013, we’re holding a limited number of free private consultations for intended parents who are financially and emotionally ready to begin a surrogacy journey within 18 months.


Consultations last about two hours. We’ll cover these topics:

      • The matching and screening process
      • Legal considerations
      • Financial planning and considerations

To request a free consultation, click here. If you have any questions, contact Bruce Hale.


Write for Our Blog!

Whether you’ve just signed on or are already experiencing the joys (and exhaustion!) of caring for a newborn, Circle wants you to share your experiences as an intended parent by contributing to our blog.

Circle Surrogacy Blog Blog Topics
We’re giving you creative license to write about any part or aspect of your surrogacy or egg donation journey. In the past, some intended parents have written about the matching process, while others have offered advice for newcomers. This is your chance to shine and share your story with the Circle community.

Submitting Blog Posts
Email your blog post to kmossien@circlesurrogacy.com with the subject line, “Intended Parent Blog Submission.” Blogs can run from 500-700 words. Feel free to send images, as well. Your post will then be uploaded to the Circle surrogacy Blog within a week of submission.

We can’t wait to hear from each and every one of you!

-The Circle Team

New York and Surrogacy: Is change on the horizon?

New York Surrogacy

While New York is a progressive state, its laws on surrogacy haven’t changed much in the last few decades. As it currently stands, pursuing surrogacy as an intended parent who lives in New York is not a problem, but working with a surrogate who lives in New York is not a good option—surrogate parenting contracts (whether compensated or altruistic) are void and unenforceable in the state’s courts. Further, compensated surrogacy is prohibited and can result in a civil penalty. Repeat offenders may face felony charges. Unlike compensated surrogacy, altruistic surrogacy (where the surrogate receives no financial compensation) is not prohibited in New York.

Intended parents who live in New York can work with a surrogate in a surrogate-friendly state without problems, but should not be matched with New York surrogates. Learn more about New York surrogacy.

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China Plans to Relax One-Child Policy

The Chinese government plans to relax its policy of limiting births to one child per family, according to a decision released Friday following the government’s Central Committee conference last week.

china-children Since the 1970s, most couples living in Chinese cities have been restricted to having only one child. Those in rural areas have been permitted to have two or more children, and in recent years some cities have allowed families to have two children if both parents are single children.

If the planned policy change carries through, however, it will be the first nationwide loosening of the one-child policy. While the details have not been released and the timing is not clear, the plan is to allow parents to have two children if either the husband or the wife is an only child.

At Circle, we’ve seen a growth in the number of Chinese intended parents interested in pursuing surrogacy in the United States in recent years. Like the intended parents from the more than 50 countries Circle’s parents call home, Chinese intended parents are turning to surrogacy as a way to build families when they are unable to have children on their own – either because of infertility or reproductive issues, or because of their sexual orientation.

We’re happy that the Chinese government plans to ease its restrictions to allow its citizens greater freedom to make their own family building decisions.

[Via New York Times]

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Surrogacy and Your Body


Many women who are interested in becoming gestational surrogates have some reservations in applying because of some uncertainties of how a surrogacy affects the body.

Our free downloadable guide Surrogacy and Your Body: The medical side of being a surrogate provides an overview of surrogacy and takes you through the physical process of becoming a surrogate, including:

  • the fertility treatment,
  • embryo transfer,
  • pregnancy,
  • and beyond.


Download the guide here. If you have any questions, please email jdenhof@circlesurrogacy.com.


What is The Family Act?

The Family Act It’s no surprise that fertility treatments are costly. Couples can expect to pay an average $5,000 out of pocket for office visits, medication, and other expenses, according to a new study of people using San Diego-area clinics. For couples using in vitro fertilization (IVF), that number jumps to more than $19,000. While these findings don’t represent the U.S. as a whole, they do provide us some insight.

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Monthly Recap: October 2013 at Circle Surrogacy


This year’s Halloween bash was a success! The Circle staff celebrated the holiday by dressing up and partaking in festive activities.


  • Melissa, trust account manager & medical billing review representative, for winning the annual costume contest
  • Zach, program coordinator, for winning the eat-the-doughnut-off-the-string contest
  • John, president and founder, for being the best at bobbing for apples

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Circle’s Risings Stars

Circle Surrogacy
We are proud of the legal team here at Circle. Because of their hard work, many intended parents’ dream of having a child is now a reality. And our attorneys’ dedication to family law hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Circle Surrogacy’s Scott Buckley and Dean Hutchinson are recognized for their achievements in family law as Super Lawyers honored them as Rising Stars for the New England region.

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Surrogacy in the United States

Surrogacy in the United States The legality of surrogacy varies country to country. In some countries, residents are banned from pursuing so-called “commercial surrogacy,” an arrangement in which the surrogate receives compensation. In some nations, it’s legal to use “altruistic surrogacy,” an arrangement in which the surrogate does not receive compensation. And some countries allow both types of surrogacy, but limit them to married or heterosexual couples.

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