Happy New Year from Circle Surrogacy!

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This year has been tremendous. We want to thank our community for the baby photos we shared on social media (and the ones we didn’t). We also want to thank you for your continued support. The reunions held in the United States and abroad this year confirmed something we already knew–we are part of an incredible community. That’s always a pleasant reminder.

One Circle employee, Jen Rachman, who is a parent through Circle Surrogacy, said that the best part of our New York reunion was telling her son that all of the children at the party were born through surrogacy.

In 2017, we will be doing even more to connect the Circle Surrogacy community. If you would like to become more involved, please feel free to reach out to me (Lauren Muscarella, lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com).

You may also use that email to share family photos with us. We love seeing your photos from newborn babies to the 10th birthday photos to the holiday cards that flood the office in December.

No matter what department you ask–Legal Team, Marketing Team, Accounting Team, Social Workers–receiving baby photos, family photos, and announcements is one of the best parts of the job.

Take a look this snapshot of Circle Surrogacy over the last decade!

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The Top 10 Posts of the Year from Circle Surrogacy

Last year we went through our most popular posts from 2015. This year as we count down the days before 2017, we want to look back and remember some of our highlights. We were surprised to see that many of the most *LIKED* posts included photos and updates from the Circle Office in Boston. We’re flattered! Next year, we’ll try to include more of our time together to give you a sneak peak at the office (if you haven’t seen it).

As you may imagine, the Circle Office is very special. We feel like one big family. Cheers to a wonderful 2017! Now let’s countdown the year’s best.

#10 Giving thanks! Our turkey icon grabbed some attention. [ Reach 1.6K ] 

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#9 Every year, the entire Boston office (and even some remote employees) dress up for a Halloween and enjoy a midday break of pizza and prizes (for best costume). It’s pretty competitive. This year’s prize went to our Accounting Manager, Melissa Riccioli. She dressed up as C-3PO! [ Reach 1.7K ] 

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#8 Wishing you a Merry Christmas! The photo from our Christmas card was taken at our annual summer party–back when Boston was warming and inviting. It’s a balmy 38 right now! [ Reach 1.8K ]

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#7 This photo was taken when we attended the RESOLVE New England conference in November. Resolve has many chapters throughout the country. This non-profit is dedicated to helping couples struggling with fertility find resources and support to make informed decisions. [ Reach 1.9K ] 

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#6 Birthday wishes for Circle Surrogacy Founder and CEO, John Weltman. [ Reach 2.1K ] 

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#5 After Donald Trump won the presidency, many intended parents and members of our community had questions about what that would mean for surrogacy. We are planning a live webinar in January to discuss surrogacy under Trump, the Affordable Care Act, and the precautions we’ve taken in the event that the ACA is repealed.

In early December we put together a short video with our Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison to review the basics of surrogacy under a Trump presidency. Watch the video here. [ Reach 2.5K ] 

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#4 John Weltman traveled to China with our Outreach Coordinator for China, Eva Yu. While there, Eva captured a few candid videos meeting with friends.

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#3 On October 28, we attended the GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders) 17th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner. We heard inspiring stories from members of the community who stood up to injustice to pave the way for others. Watch two of the speeches from the event here. [ Reach 3.2K ] 

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#2 In October, we traveled to New York City for the NY LGBT Center‘s panel discussion, Planning Parenthood Through Surrogacy. Circle attorney, Gina-Marie Madow led the discussion.

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And the #1 post of 2016 with a reach of over 4,700 is…

Our post about the Norwegian, Icelandic, Estonian, and Swedish Father’s Day! Norway, Iceland, Estonia, and Sweden celebrate Father’s Day the second sunday of November.

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We appreciate your support and social engagement. If you have other suggestions for posts in 2017 or if you would like to contribute to the blog with photos, stories, or videos, please contact me at lmuscarella@circlesurrogacy.com (Lauren Muscarella).

VIDEO: Teens Born Through Circle Surrogacy Kids Discussing Origin Stories

In this Teen Panel, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary (all born with Circle Surrogacy) share how they found out they were born via gestational carrier.

The panelists described asking questions from ages 3 years old to 8 years old about coming into the world through surrogacy. They also asked their parents about genetics and their background.

The panelists told parents to have open communication with their child so they feel comfortable asking questions. [Books for discussing surrogacy with your child].

When asked about having a mother figure, the panelists feel that they don’t have a mother figure, but some have strong female figures in their lives.

On the concept of feminism, the panel all expressed an ongoing need for equality between genders. Lastly, the young adults expressed the different roles their fathers play in their lives.

In giving advice to prospective parents, Zachary says, “A family is about love and caring. I’d say if you’ve got two people who love each other and they want to have kids, they should have kids.”

The Teen Panel was part of the Men Having Babies Conference in November, 2016,

VIDEO: Teens Born With Circle Surrogacy Share Their Stories

In this video, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary (born with Circle Surrogacy) share their experiences growing up as children born through surrogacy.

The first question asked is, “How do you describe your families to other people?” Each panelist explained that they tell people they have two dads and they were born through surrogacy.

When asked if they grew up around any LGBTQ families, they said yes. Zachary added, “When I was younger my parents used to introduce us (him and his brother) more to LGBTQ families. As I’ve gotten older that hasn’t as much been the case. It’s interesting to note that family doesn’t really matter who’s in it whether it is a man and woman, two men, or two women.”

The Teen Panel was moderated by Stan J. Sloan at the Men Having Babies Conference in November of 2016.