Welcome to the World, Baby Ross!

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Baby Ross is the cutest. We can’t share every single birth announcement. We take our parents’ and surrogates’ privacy very seriously, which is why we are incredibly grateful when we have the opportunity to post adorable newborn baby photos. The photos show the beauty and the incredible good that surrogacy brings to the world.

Words and expressions of gratitude really can’t capture the role surrogacy plays in the lives of intended parents, who long for nothing more than to be parents and to hold their child in their arms, as well as surrogates, who give the most wonderful gift to make another family possible.

While maybe, we don’t have the words, every now and then our wonderful community reaches out to us with content to share. Today we received a Pinterest link the anonymously written poem below. This poem seems like the perfect sentiment to accompany the happy news of Ross’s birth.

The Gift of Life

I didn’t give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.

For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn’t give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.

– Unknown

 

Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services Quoted in York Dispatch

Photo: York Dispatch

Photo: York Dispatch

Surrogacy on the Rise in York County, Pennsylvania

Last week, journalist David Weissman from York Dispatch interviewed Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison about why many parents turn to surrogacy to start their families.

Specifically, Weissman mentioned a local program in place at York Hospital for families having children via surrogacy. The article states.York Hospital has been running a program to help support gestational carriers and intended parents through the process since 2007, according to Sue Dolla, the hospital’s Women and Children Services outreach coordinator.”

Birth Announcement! Baby Loek

A few weeks ago, Loek (pronounced Luke) was born. Look at that face!

Baby Loek

The name Loek has its origins in the Old Greek language and it is used largely in Dutch countries. Loek is a variant form of the Latin and English Luke.

Search baby names, read about names’ meanings and learn about their popularity on Parenting.com’s Baby Guide.

Birth Announcement! Adorable Baby Roslyn Sofia and Maria Ilona

These two cuties were born a few weeks ago, and thankfully their parents were generous enough to share the photos with all of us. We truly appreciate when parents let us post photos so we can invite our whole Circle community in the celebration.

Welcome, Roslyn Sofia and Maria Ilona!

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year at Circle Surrogacy

Chinese New Year

People are celebrating all over the world, and Circle is joining in. Recently many more couples from China have reached out to us to help them build their families. Last year, Circle’s Founder John Weltman along with Eva Yu, who works with our Chinese couples, traveled to Beijing to meet with intended parents.

Given that and that we love learning about traditions, we put together a Lunar New Year cheat sheet to fill you in—with Eva’s help of course.

The Greeting

新年快乐! Xin Nian Kuai Le! means Happy New Year!

When is it?

The Spring Festival lasts for 15 days from February 8 to February 23.  Public holidays in China are from February 7 to February 13. The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines when the New Year falls so the dates change from year to year.

What year is it?

2016 is the year of the Monkey.

What’s the significance of the year of the Monkey?

The monkey is the ninth animal in the 12-animal cycle. In the Year of the Monkey, the most ambitious plans are possible.

Individuals born in the year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, wily, and vigilant. We have four monkeys here at Circle!!

  • Michelle Couglin, Program Coordinator
  • Amanda Harry, Program Coordinator
  • Zach Mallavia, Program Coordinator
  • Nancy Weatherby, Client Development

How do we celebrate?

For the New Year, we like to decorate our homes and offices with red and gold banners, duilian, and papercutting with New Year messages of good luck. We put them up on the walls or doors. Red and Gold are lucky colors for the Chinese.

Red symbolizes happiness and good luck, and gold represents wealth and prosperity. That is why the Chinese give red packets during New Year. Sending red packets is a channel for sending good wishes and luck. Wrapping money in red packets is hoped to bring more happiness and blessing to the receivers.

Wish you all luck in the year of the Monkey.

Catching up with Circle Surrogacy Families

Back in October, we kicked off a year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary helping create families through surrogacy. This milestone means a lot to us. As part of our program, we are putting together a video collage of memories including photos (from both surrogates and parents), interviews and updates about the significant progress made in the world of surrogacy.

To be a part of the project, please email me at Lauren Muscarella, lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com.

Photos and stories keep flooding in but we’d like to include as many families as possible!

Take a look as some of the most recent submissions. Adorable!

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