Surrogate, Parents and Baby! A Beautiful Journey

Join us in welcoming to the world Baby Jace.

With every new birth announcement emailed here at Circle, I start to wonder, “Can these photos of families be any cuter and more precious?” And every time I am answered with a resounding, “Yes, they can. Take a look at this.”

Parents Bo and Brent are wearing the most endearing t-shirts and smiles. We particularly love the photo of Bo, Brent, and Laura (Jace’s surrogate)–with Laura holding a snuggly Baby Jace.

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We think long-term and encourage building meaningful relationships that will continue to exist throughout the life of the child. Our relationship-focused approach has led to almost every surrogate agreeing to return to their couple for a second journey. Our knowledgeable attorneys and social workers understand the importance of these relationships. And as parents through surrogacy, former surrogates, and egg donors, many of our staff members have firsthand experience with the emotional journey of surrogacy.

Learn more about Circle Surrogacy and the process of becoming either a surrogate or an intended parent by reading one of our free guides.

Surrogacy Documentary Coming Soon! The Guys Next Door

THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (Trailer)

The feature-length documentary The Guys Next Door follows Erik, Sandro and Rachel on a surrogacy journey. Filmmaker Amy Gellar read an article one day about an extraordinary woman, Rachel, who offered to be a gestational carrier for her friends, Erik and Sandro, a same-sex couple. With three children of her own, Rachel has carried both of Erik and Sandro’s daughters. This film, which spans three years in the life of Erik, Sandro and Rachel, offers audiences an opportunity to learn from their family portrait.

I spoke with one of the The Guys Next Door filmmakers, Allie Humenuk, who is also the film’s cinematographer, to learn more about the film and the process. Even better, I asked her how we can see it!

First things first, you can see a screening of the film on Sunday, May 1 at 2:15 pm at the Somerville Theatre as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston 2016. You can purchase tickets here. You can also catch the film at the Maine International Film Festival coming up in July.

They have been accepted into another festival, however, the announcement could not be made public yet. (Allie promised to keep me updated!) Part of being on the festival circuit involves looking for distribution, so outside of the festivals, we’ll all have to wait.

After speaking with Allie, I’m sure the wait will be well worth it.

When we spoke about the creative process she was very candid in saying that as filmmakers they weren’t sure where the story would take them. Quickly they found out they didn’t have to guide the story because observing the reality was interesting enough.

“There is no big lead up to some dramatic moment,” she said.

For some viewers, they may be surprised to see that having a family through surrogacy brings up the same questions that having a family the traditional way does. Allie mentioned that the thought-provoking film shows both Sandro and Erik sharing their childhood memories as well as their dreams, hopes and deep love for their children.

We’re thrilled that this will bring audiences a greater sense of awareness about surrogacy. While there is more coverage of surrogacy in the media now, the more people are given access to see the possibilities surrogacy provides to same-sex couples and couples with infertility struggles, the better it is for everyone.

“We had a young production assistant helping us on the film who is only 23. He told us he had a hard time coming out to his parents. And after one day of working on this film, he cried. Because he didn’t know having children through surrogacy was even a possibility for him,” Allie said.

Here at Circle, we look forward to following Allie and Amy’s journey to bring this film to as many people as possible. To receive more information about the film, *LIKE* their facebook page.

Lots of Twins this Month for Circle Surrogacy

Join us in welcoming the beautiful Camilla and Rocco to the world.

To our Circle community:

We hope this exciting news brings joy to your life. And, that you are able to smile in delight no matter where you are along your journey. Join us in wishing these two little beautiful bundles a long and wonderful life filled with laughter, love and so much joy.

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Circle Intended Parents on Alternative Parenting Panel in NYC: May 1

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Join Gabe Manzon & Tony D’Angelo (Circle intended parents to two beautiful daughters, Eliana and Sonia) for the Second Annual Panel Discussion with LGBTQ Parents and Families on Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Here is the write-up:

In celebration of International Family Equality Day, Rutgers Presbyterian Church will host a free panel discussion to explore issues surrounding LGBTQ adoption and surrogacy.

Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW, and Director of Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center will lead the discussion. The Modern Family Center is committed to building and strengthening today’s families. Their knowledgeable counselors offer culturally sensitive, bi-lingual, LGBTQ-affirming care in an accepting, nonjudgmental environment.

From Rutgers Presbyterian Church, Gabriel Manzon and Anthony D’Angelo will offer first-hand observations and perspectives and Ashley Birt, Director of Christian Education at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, will introduce the discussion.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 12:30pm and the panel discussion will be from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

Childcare will be provided free upon request.

RSVP to Ashley@rutgerschurch.org if childcare is needed. For more information, click here.

Welcome Baby Aniella Sarina!

We love birth announcements. To protect the privacy of intended parents and surrogates, we can’t always share very much but today we have heart-warming photos and these beautiful words from Aniella Sarina’s surrogate, Tasha:

She made her entrance into her daddy’s arms in the morning. That moment was so powerful and overwhelming for me. I cried like a baby, it was everything I imagined it would feel like to see him hold her for the first time. It was such a proud moment and made this journey that much more special. Aniella’s father was great the whole time. So respectful and caring of my comfort level. He made me feel so important and gave me all the privacy I needed at all the right times. I couldn’t have asked for a better delivery process. Aniella is beautiful and perfect in every way a mirror of her sister.  He’s definitely a very proud parent and she is certainly one lucky little girl. Also, she’s very alert. She was really observing her surroundings from the moment she came out until she slept. She’s just perfect in every way. The hospital has been great, they even got our rooms right next door to each other. It sounds like it may have been a long night. I heard Aniella’s sweet cries a few times.

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