New Fertility Research Study about Traveling Abroad for Treatments

Recently Amy Speier, Assistant Professor of Anthropolofertility holidays book covergy at the University of Texas at Arlington, contacted us about a new research study she is doing about traveling for fertility treatments. Below we’ve included a letter she has written asking parents to participate in this study. Learning more about individual experiences with infertility can help many people who are currently struggling. Read below to learn more.  

From Amy Speier:

I would love to speak with you about your experiences traveling for fertility treatment. I would like to know how you found out about reproductive travel, how you came to make the decision to travel abroad for treatment, and also about your successes and struggles throughout the process.

I have spent nearly the past decade meeting with people who have tried desperately to have a child, speaking with them as they undergo fertility treatment in a country other than their own. My recent book Fertility Holidays documents the experiences of North Americans who traveled to the Czech Republic for IVF using an egg donor.

Ultimately, I am conducting a research study that will document what you and others like you are going through in your quest for a family. However, your identity will be protected and your privacy respected. I would love to speak with you about your experiences when it is most convenient for you. You can expect to have a conversation with me, either in person or via Skype–whichever you prefer.

If you are interested and/or have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at, or by my cell phone: 920-284-7461.

Given the global nature of creating families today and the growing numbers of hopeful parents who must leave their home countries to create a family via reproductive medicine, I think your stories and experiences must be understood and shared so that others may have information when embarking on similar journeys.

Best, Amy

Photos from Our Circle Surrogacy Oslo Reunion

Both Brett Griffin-Young (International Outreach Associate) and Dean Hutchison (Director of Legal Services) traveled to Oslo, Norway over the summer to meet with intended parents at the beginning of their journey. They also put together a reunion (with the help of Jenn Skarinka, our in-house event planner) to meet with families who have had their babies with Circle throughout the years.

Dean Hutchison brought back some excellent photos to share with you! (See below!!) And he has this to say about the experience:

“The reunion could not have been nicer. It was wonderful to see the parents and children meeting each other and enjoying the beautiful day. This was the final afternoon of my trip, which was spent meeting with intended parents who are considering the surrogacy process. It was nice to conclude the trip on the grill and playing on the swingset. We had a beautiful trek to Frognerseteren overlooking the Oslo fjord and city too. The relationships we have built with our Circle families make each trip better than the one before.”


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