Most Popular Circle Surrogacy Posts of the Year!

As we look forward to 2016, we took a minute, well more than a minute, to see what posts were most popular this year!

Here it is!

#10 Shonda Rhimes sharing her thoughts on surrogacy after having her thirdshonda rhimes child through surrogacy.

“An incredibly awesome woman gave me the incredibly awesome gift of carrying my baby for me. It was as incredible as the experience of adoption. Different but still just as special and as wonderful as adoption.”

quote from Shonda Rhimes, who also adopted two children. She is the creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Two weeks ago she published the memoir “Year of Yes, How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person”

Read more.

#9 On November 10, we shared a beautiful video provided by two amazing intended parents. In the video, we see all the moments leading up to Baby Myla’s birth and the amazing days after. Watch here.

(TIP: Make sure the tissues are close by.)

#8 Our Holiday Photo Booth. People seemed to thoroughly enjoy our playful photos in the office.

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#7 Our Video about Legal Services

In this video that we posted in September, our Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison explains the benefits of working with an agency that has a full legal team. He also introduces the legal process to intended parents considering surrogacy.

The full blog post.

#6 Intended Parent Tara Carr’s First Video with Circle
Tara shares her experience struggling through infertility up until the point where her beautiful daughter is born.

http://www.circlesurrogacy.com/blog/2015/09/02/having-baby-through-surrogacy/

#5 Louie’s Video!

In April, we filmed an interview with our very first Circle baby, who is now a teenager.

Full blog post.

#4 Everyone loves Tara. We do too!

Another one of Tara’s videos was very popular. Here she discusses the process of selecting an egg donor and what life looks like four months after your baby is born through surrogacy.

Full blog post.

#3 Circle Surrogate Jobeth’s photos were a bona fide hit back in October!
We love these photos too.

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#2 We shot and shared a promo video with you this year and it was a smash hit. Take another look below.

You can see the video below and on our homepage. http://www.circlesurrogacy.com/

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Jimmy Fallon

#1 Jimmy Fallon’s beautiful words about surrogacy were relatable and kind. Thanks for speaking out, Jimmy!

“We tried for a long time, for five years. I know people have tried much longer, but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope… just hang in there.

Try every avenue; try anything you can do, ’cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family, and it’s so worth it. It is the most ‘worth it’ thing. I’m just so happy right now.” – ‪Jimmy Fallon

Full article here.

Thanks for a great year!

Cheers to the New Year!

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Around the holiday season as we look forward to 2016, it can be chaotic even though it’s a great opportunity to reflect and let go of the past while we look forward and dream big for the new year.

As a company, this was a big year for us. With more than 1000 babies brought into this world through our services and guidance, we also celebrated 20 years as a surrogacy agency. Our team continues to grow to accommodate the increase in families coming to us to help them build their families. We are in some ways the biggest agency but we started out small and grew for a reason. We grew because people recognized that we cared. We’ve added more employees to provide the same level of attention to families and surrogates that we did when we were smaller.

We set ourselves apart as the only agency that emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the surrogate and the intended parent(s). It’s something that isn’t always obvious to intended parents innately but once we explain why we think it matters so much, not only for their journey but for their child, intended parents completely understand. We explain that the baby comes first. And the best thing for the baby is to develop a relationship with the baby’s surrogate so that when the baby becomes a kid and then a teen and then a young adult, intended parents have that foundation regarding their child’s birth story. This also ensures that the baby is the number one priority for everyone.

As we look toward 2016, we are very excited to see all of the baby photos that will come in and meet all of the parents who will start their journeys to build their families.

It’s an exciting time in the world. It’s easy to see all of the tragic stories and the bad in the world and get hung up, and even become cynical. It’s a little more challenging to focus on all the good in the world, but it’s there. We see it in the women who apply to become surrogates and go through journeys to give families a family of their own when they otherwise could not. When we witness this miracle and this generous gift over and over, we can’t help but see there is a tremendous amount of good in this world. If we all keep it up together, working to be kind, generous, mindful of others and downright magnanimous, perhaps we can tip the scales in our favor.

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season and a meaningful 2016!

Much love,
Circle

Nate Berkus on Surrogacy and His Daughter Poppy

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In the fall of 2014, Nate Berkus (Oprah’s go-to interior designer) and his husband Jeremiah Brent (Rachel Zoe’s former assistant) announced their first child on Facebook with this simple note:

“While we can’t share much, we can say that thanks to a surrogate and the support of those we love we will officially be a family in the spring of 2015!”

We did not work with this couple, but we love when public figures acknowledge and show their gratitude for their surrogates. We’re biased but we think surrogates are absolutely amazing, selfless, special souls and we are always in awe of the gift they give to families who wouldn’t be able to have biological children without them.

Since the birth of their daughter Poppy, Nate and Jeremiah have been very vocal about their love of fatherhood. Nate Berkus said, “It doesn’t feel burdensome; it feels natural. It’s made me realize that everything I work for and everything that I do is really for her.”

Thank you, Nate and Jeremiah, for your kind words about surrogacy.

 

How Did Your Career at Circle Start? – 20th Anniversary Project

How Did Your Career at Circle Start? – 20th Anniversary from Circle Surrogacy

This year, Circle celebrates its 20th Anniversary. We are doing a video series to give you an inside look at the people who consider surrogacy their greatest passion.

In this video, Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison discusses how he started his career at Circle 12 years ago, and how it became his passion.

Watch the first four videos in the series:

Clinical Director, Emily Sonier LCSW: What Inspired You to Join Circle’s Team? In this video, Emily shares her journey to build her “creatively created family.” Watch now.

Operations Accountant, Melissa Ford Riccioli: Working at Circle for Over 5 Years In this video, Melissa tells us why she’s been with Circle for over 5 years and never wants to leave. Watch now.

Program Director, Amanda Caroca: What’s the Best Part of Working at Circle? In this video, Amanda discusses the most thrilling moments of her job helping people complete their families. Watch now.

Attorney, Gina-Marie Madow: What Inspired You to Practice Law at Circle? In this video, Gina-Maria shares why the relationships she develops with families is the best part of her job.

Circling Back: A Journey from Case Manager to Surrogate to Program Coordinator

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Anne Watson’s journey with Circle began in 2006. Since then, she worked as a Circle case manager, moved to Oklahoma, had two children, and became a surrogate. Most recently, she rejoined the Circle team as a program coordinator. The other day we chatted about her experiences. Here’s what she had to share.

How did you first become interested in surrogacy?

In college, I took a class on biotechnology and became fascinated by reproductive technology and IVF. I’m interested in all the different ways people are having families. When I heard Circle was creating the case manager position (which ultimately became the program coordinator role), I thought it sounded challenging and rewarding. I applied and started in 2006.

What has changed since you first started working at Circle?

Circle has definitely grown a lot. When I first started, there were probably eight employees and we were part of a Boston-based law firm. Now we have a beautiful office of our own with almost 50 employees. But a lot is still the same–it’s still a very personal experience. We’re still focused on finding the best and most qualified surrogates and making thoughtful matches with intended parents.

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What inspired you to become a surrogate?

My husband and I moved to Oklahoma in 2009. We got married that year and had our son in 2010 and our daughter in 2012.  Surrogacy was always something I considered after working at Circle, but I wanted to have my own family first before the possibility of helping create another.  When we had our two children, it felt like our family was complete.   I talked to my husband about pursuing surrogacy, and we both took several months to reflect.  After a little time and consideration, with his full support, I decided it was the right time to move forward.  I was thrilled to call up my former Circle colleagues who I have stayed in touch with over the years and let them know my decision.  I was ultimately matched in May of 2014, and after one successful transfer, we were pregnant and I delivered a beautiful baby girl this past July.

How does your experience as a surrogate help you with your work at Circle?

I’ve gained a whole new understanding and appreciation for what surrogates need. I know what it feels like to want something meaningful out of this process. I wanted to feel protected and supported, as I understood that this is a rollercoaster of a journey, and I knew Circle could help me through that.  Working in the IVF clinical setting for the past six years, I saw many couples achieve success with IVF, but I also saw many failures.  I know the heart and mission of the staff at Circle has not changed.  We all want to help these journeys end at that perfectly happy and blissful moment where the surrogates accomplish what they set out to do, and intended parents become parents.  I’m excited to be able to share my own experience with others.

What’s the best part about working at Circle?

I feel like we’re doing really important work. It is work but it’s not a boring job you have to suffer through. I’m grateful that my job entails doing something that changes people’s lives. The best part of the PC role is that you really get to know the people you’re helping.  I’m really happy to be back.

What Inspired You to Practice Law at Circle? – 20th Anniversary Project

What Inspired You to Practice Law at Circle? – 20th Anniversary Project from Circle Surrogacy on Vimeo.

You may have worked with some of our staff members, but probably not all of them. Let me tell you, this is an incredibly special, hard-working team.

We like each other. We admire one another. We want you to get to know some of these amazing people too. Every few weeks we’ll post a new video to give you a glimpse into the World of Circle.

In the fourth video in our series, attorney Gina-Marie Madow who has worked at Circle for over nine years shares what inspired her to practice law at Circle.

Watch the first three videos in the series:

Clinical Director, Emily Sonier LCSW: What Inspired You to Join Circle’s Team? In this video, Emily shares her journey to build her “creatively created family.” Watch now.

Operations Accountant, Melissa Ford Riccioli: Working at Circle for Over 5 Years In this video, Melissa tells us why she’s been with Circle for over 5 years and never wants to leave. Watch now.

Program Director, Amanda Caroca: What’s the Best Part of Working at Circle? In this video, Amanda discusses the most thrilling moments of her job helping people complete their families. Watch now.

Poll: Vast Majority of Americans Support Surrogacy

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A recent YouGov poll asked U.S. citizens what they thought about surrogacy. We were not surprised to learn that 71 percent of people polled said they approved of surrogacy. To give you a gender breakdown, women approved of the practice at a rate of 73 percent, while 69 percent of men were in favor of surrogacy.

Vocal celebrities speaking out about their surrogacy journeys as well as their infertility struggles may be contributing to the favorable public opinion.

In addition to celebs shining a positive light on surrogacy, generally Americans may feel deep empathy for individuals who cannot have biological children any other way than through surrogacy. Of those surveyed, 58 percent said having a biological child was important.

Majority support for surrogacy extended across all age ranges, political affiliations, and geographic regions. Most notably, the Midwest and the West proved to be slightly more supportive of surrogacy than other regions. Also, people between 30 and 44 years old were more likely to strongly support surrogacy than any other age range.

The Americans polled also supported compensated surrogacy–they believe a woman deserves to be paid to be a surrogate. Moreover, 57 percent of people polled approved of legislation in favor of compensated surrogacy.

Given our long history of successful surrogacy arrangements, favorable surrogacy law in most states, and the increased awareness for alternative parenting options, we were not surprised that YouGov’s poll showed most Americans approve of surrogacy.

This culture of support coupled with excellent health care continues to make the United States the best place in the world for surrogacy.

Related post: Why should you consider surrogacy in the United States?

Baby’s First Holiday Season: Thoughts from Amazing Circle Surrogates

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For this holiday season, we reached out to amazing women and mothers who have been surrogates with us at Circle. We asked them to share their best pointers for baby’s first holiday season. We also asked them to share their family traditions with us to inspire our wonderful intended parents.

If you didn’t receive an email from us, and you would like to contribute your family traditions, we would love that. Please email me (Lauren Muscarella) at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com. Share any and all tidbits you’d like. Don’t worry, I will edit the posts before clicking publish.

Our first post in this series comes from Kim. She was also nice enough to share her surrogacy story with us back in September: Read it here!

Kim said:

I would tell first-time parents to relax, not stress and take the time to just enjoy being together with their newest addition. Also, don’t buy any baby’s first holiday outfits! When my oldest was born, three other family member,s in addition to me, bought her dresses/outfits and I ended up changing her four times to get pictures in her holiday apparel! (At 17, she still has an impressive wardrobe!)

At Thanksgiving, our elf on the shelf (Fritz Von Cookienibbler) joins our family for the season to report back to Santa Claus about our status as naughty or nice. Then on Christmas Eve we watch good movies, have some snacks, play board games, and bid farewell to Fritz, as he will be leaving with Santa. Usually the day after Christmas we take our family vacation. Last year we went to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and this year we will go to Universal Studios.

The best part of being a new parent (and an old one as well) is experiencing the magic and excitement of sharing your life/traditions/legacy with your children. My children are ages 5 to 17 and it is so fun have the time together and shower them with not only gifts but attention during the holidays. The rest of the year can be so busy and chaotic with school and extracurricular activities. It’s really great to just slow down and have time to reconnect as a family.

We want to thank Kim for sharing her advice and family traditions with us.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to share your advice for first-time parents as well as your family traditions with us, please email me (Lauren Muscarella) at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com.

Welcome Baby Dean and Baby Jake!

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Welcome Baby Dean and Baby Jake. Ashley (surrogate) is healthy and happy. When she shared the photo below with us she said despite not looking her absolute best, “I’m getting it framed and putting it up on my wall, one of the best moments of my life!”

We are delighted to share this birth announcement with you. We cannot stop staring at how beautiful Dean and Jake look all snuggled up and sleeping side by side.

We hope you will join us in congratulating Dean and Jake’s family, and basking in our awe of Ashley who gave this family a tremendous miracle. Wait. Two tremendous miracles.

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