VIDEO: Los Angeles to Melbourne, Surrogate Matching with International Intended Parents

In this video, Gina, a surrogate from Los Angeles, shares her philosophy about matching with her intended parent from Melbourne.

Many of our employees at Circle Surrogacy are former surrogates. Their advice is valuable throughout the process for surrogates looking to decide what’s important for their journey. Since every journey is different, we match the surrogate’s expectations with the intended parent’s expectations.

After speaking with Gina, we reached out to Heather Manojlovic, a Circle Surrogate Outreach Coordinator, who has completed two surrogacy journeys. When asked about her experience, Heather said, “Both times I left my matching criteria very open.

In 2015 I came to Circle as a return carrier elated to expand my horizons with another life-changing experience.” According to Heather, she was excited about the world of possibilities. “The first IP profile I received was that of a foreign IP,” she recounts.

“My initial reaction was that the experience would allow me to learn about another individual’s culture and customs. I was eager to proceed forward. After we met during our initial Skype we began a courtship of sorts, scheduling times to call and trying to balance our time zone differences to coordinate.”

Heather and her intended parent used WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a free and secure messaging and calling app available on phones all over the world. Writing back and forth to one another through WhatsApp was a great way for Heather and her intended parent to get to know each other.

“We enjoyed sharing pictures and screenshots of our day-to-day lives along with details about the holidays and our family plans. I loved having a glimpse into their world and enjoyed sharing my world with them,” she added. Their communication on WhatsApp continued throughout their journey all the way to parenthood.

Even now, they connect from time to time. “The benefits from this experience have been life altering. It was such a beautiful experience to encounter and learn about my IP’s views and beliefs. I appreciate having the opportunity to carry for a foreign intended parent as it allowed me to have a global experience,” Heather added. If you have any questions, contact the prescreening team at applications@circlesurrogacy.com.

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Surrogates are very special women. We have a waiting list of intended parents who want to match with kind and generous women like you. If you are interested in helping an IP complete their dream of becoming a parent, learn more here.  

Mom and Dad Pose with Their Egg Donor for Pregnancy Photo Shoot

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Glamour Health recently published an article about a pregnancy photo shoot where the couple included their egg donor. While the photo shoot was a great headline, the meat of the article is a first-person narrative detailing the process of selecting an egg donor. The author of this piece, Shannon M. Clark, M.D., bravely shares her experience from the initial disappointment when she and her husband realized they couldn’t do this on their own through to the transfer process and the birth of their beautiful twins.

It wasn’t an easy decision but Shannon and her husband came around to egg donation. After mentioning that her husband took a business-minded approach by creating a spreadsheet of potential egg donors, she explained how she helped refocus their search. She writes, “I was nowhere near a perfect candidate based on my personal and family history, so I felt that our [egg] donor didn’t have to be perfect either. Simply put, if we were going to try and find an [egg] donor with some of my traits, we were going to have to be willing to accept a less-than-flawless profile. I was choosing to be realistic. No one is perfect—not any one egg donor and certainly not me.”

After selecting their egg donor, Shannon asked to meet with her. While Shannon mentions several times in the article that most egg donors and recipients never have any contact, the world of egg donation is evolving for practical reasons and for technological reasons. Our egg donation agency is one of the only organizations that encourages and fosters some type of relationship for both the intended parents and the egg donor.

Our relationship-based approach is for the benefit of the child. Every child is different. Some are inquisitive. Some find out their origin story and genuinely don’t want to know more. Having a connection with one’s egg donor makes it easier, and possible, to organize a meeting at some point in the future if the child requests to do so. Additionally, because of social media, it’s become harder to guarantee everyone’s anonymity.

The journey for Shannon and her husband wasn’t what she expected when they set out to start their family, she admits. But in closing, she writes, “I may not have been able to experience all of the typical things a pregnant woman experiences but what I do have are beautiful photos of my barely there belly bump with my husband and the woman who made my dream of becoming a mother a reality. I also have two beautiful babies who make every tear I ever cried worth it. For that, I will forever be thankful.”

egg donor with intended mother

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To learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy and egg donation, click here. To view our egg donors, click here.

Happy Birthday From The Circle Surrogacy Family: Now and Then

Join us in wishing these two handsome cuties a very happy first birthday!!

Birthday for Twins Born Through Circle Surrogacy

Just one year ago these two precious bundles of joy were snoozing in their bassinettes (pictured below).

twins via surrogacy

We are honored to share in these special moments.

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Learn more about becoming a parent with Circle Surrogacy here. We offer free consultations. We travel all over the world to meet with intended parents. You can see a full list of our upcoming events here. If we are not visiting your city soon, we also offer Skype consultations. Additionally, we offer regular consultation dates in Boston, New York, and London. To find out more, reach out to our Outreach Manager, Sarah Marino

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate to help make a family’s dreams come true, learn more here