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).

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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

 

 

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child About Being Born Via Surrogate

In this video, parent through surrogacy (and adoption) and Circle Surrogacy Outreach Coordinator Brett Griffin-Young discusses how he communicates with his children about their origin stories. Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

Brett shares how he and his husband, Matt, have made their son Sebastian’s origin story present in his life. From a map of the United States with a marker for Colorado, the state he was born in, to a photo of Sebastian’s surrogate and egg donor in his bedroom, Brett and Matt have incorporated their son’s story into his everyday life.

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Brett with his daughter Georgiana and son Sebastian.

Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate is the first in a series of videos we’ve put together for our community. We feel it’s important to educate individuals about many facets of a surrogacy journey.

On one hand, it’s wonderful that we have a staff full of passionate and educated people working to help individuals and couples fulfill their dream of having a family. When you dedicate your career to such an emotional, multi-faceted focus, it’s easy to overload people with information. So, instead of coming up with a list of topics to film, we let our community decide. We based each video on search frequency.

Expect to see a few videos published each month exploring a myriad of topics. We even have segments featuring IVF doctors explaining the medical aspects of

Background on Brett-Griffin Young

Brett has been working with Intended Parents from around the world in more than 25 countries–helping them through their surrogacy journey. He travels to various locations around the world to talk about his experience with U.S. Surrogacy. He’s enthusiasm and passion for the field of surrogacy is evident every time he speaks on the subject. You may reach out to him directly at bgriffin-young@circlesurrogacy.com.

Learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy.

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VIDEO: Kids Born Through Surrogacy Discuss Prejudice

This video features three young adults, born with Circle Surrogacy, discussing their personal experiences dealing with prejudice. (The Teen Panel from the left, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary.)

Elinor started the discussion by sharing her experience being raised Jewish. She explains that there are passages in the Torah forbidding same-sex relationships. However, she does find comfort in the fact that her friends don’t interpret the Torah literally–and don’t believe there is anything wrong with same-sex relationships.

Liv and Zachary stated they hadn’t experienced much prejudice.

They had great advice to give children and young adults experiencing prejudice. They said not to listen to negative people, not to be ashamed of your family, and to surround yourself with the good people.

The young adults on the panel also discussed the benefits of having two dads when it came to sexual orientation and accepting others. Elinor, Liv, and Zachary express that they knew growing up if they would also be accepted, no matter their sexual orientation. Elinor and Liv identify as straight. Zachary discussed coming out to his parents. He said having two dads “made it easier for me to accept it myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.”

The panel above is from the Men Having Babies Conference in May of 2016.

VIDEO: Teens Born with Circle Surrogacy Discuss Marriage Equality and Trump

In this video, Elinor, Liv, and Zachary (young adults born with Circle Surrogacy) discuss two defining moments they’ve experienced within the last few years.

The first moment is the passage of the Marriage Equality Act on June 26, 2015. Each panelist had a very positive response to this pivotal decision in our country’s history. Elinor says, “I thought we were on the way to more progress.” Liv added, “I remember feeling like finally the rest of the country is going to be like our state [New York].”

The second defining moment is the election of Donald Trump this past November.

Elinor started off by saying, “It’s more ‘what’s going to happen to us as a country?’ rather than ‘what’s going to happen to us as a family?'” Liv and Zachary shared the same sentiment. They feel an overall concern for the country, not just the LGBTQ community.

This Teen Panel was part of the Men Having Babies Conference in May of 2016. 

 

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.

The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids

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Circle Surrogacy and Egg Donation founder and president John Weltman contributed to an important piece that appeared in The SciTech Lawyer this past summer. The piece is called, Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids.

[Read the full article here.]

The SciTech Lawyer is a quarterly publication for the Science & Technology Law Section of the American Bar Association. Its mission is to provide information about current developments in law, science, medicine, and technology. The Special Program of Assisted Reproduction (SPAR), the program that makes HIV-positive parents able to have HIV-negative children, welcomed its first baby in 1999, yet a majority of people have never heard of this technology.

Since the first SPAR baby was born in May 1999, there have been 272 births via SPAR, which involves sperm washing (the same can be done with eggs) for safe IVF transfer. They have had a 100 percent success rate with these procedures. SPAR is becoming more accessible and more affordable, however, opposition to HIV-positive individuals becoming parents via IVF is still an unfortunate reality. Moreover, many men and women with HIV assume becoming a biological parent is not an option. This is why increased awareness is essential.

We hope you take a few moments to read Wishes Granted: The Science Behind HIV Positive Dads and Their HIV Negative Kids, and help us spread the word about this miraculous technology that we have seen make dreams come true for several families.

 

Join us in P-Town July 26th for a Bonfire!!

Family Week is the largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families in the world.

As part of the event, we will be at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, Mass. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to sponsor the Beach Campfire at Family Equality Council’s Family Week.  The Beach Campfire is from 5 pm – 8 pm and is for all ages.

Circle Surrogacy employees in attendance include Dean Hutchison, Director of Legal Services, Michael Metivier, Director of Marketing, Nancy Weatherby, Client Development, and Gina-Marie Madow, Attorney.

We hope to see you there, and we hope you’re enjoying the summer!

 

VIDEO: “Gay Dads Share Their Path to Fatherhood”

A few weeks ago NBC put together a segment called “Gay Dads Path to Fatherhood” in honor of Father’s Day.

We posted it on the weekend of Father’s Day to our Facebook page. The video segment includes dads who grew their families through surrogacy as well as adoption. Telling the stories of real people helps others to understand, which is why we are so grateful that this segment was created.

Inside the community of people who have had their families with the generosity and help of a surrogate as well as the amazing women who become surrogates, surrogacy is easy to understand. However, helping others learn about the great impact surrogacy has on so many lives is still very important. Pieces like NBC’s segment put faces to the concept and help combat other articles that seek to sway public opinion without getting all the facts first.

More important than giving voices to the parents who build their family through alternatives like adoption and surrogacy, it helps the children We want all children to grow up in a society of understanding, acceptance, empathy and compassion. Education is the fuel behind all of those commendable virtues–without a doubt.

We hope you enjoy watching this video segment like we did. Please feel free to share this blog post and others like it with your community to help spread the word about the miracles surrogacy brings to the world.

If you are interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy and would like to learn more or set up a consultation, please visit us at circlesurrogacy.com/parents

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate and would like to learn more or speak with someone from our Surrogate Outreach team, please visit us at circlesurrogacy/com/surrogates. To be connected to a coordinator by phone, call 617-439-9900.

Over 600,000 People Watched Elite Daily’s Short Documentary Surrogacy and the Modern Family

That’s 665,407 people to be exact. 2,464 shares. 5,100 likes.

The positive response to Elite Daily‘s short documentary, SURROGACY: Redefining the Modern Family has blown us away. We are deeply grateful that Elite Daily decided to interview an intended parent and surrogate who had worked with us!

The comments, all 268 of them, meant the world to us because even though surrogacy is a familiar concept in our everyday lives, we know we have work to do before everyone truly understands what surrogacy is and the great impact it has on so many people’s lives. While there is a good number of accurate stories available, there is a reason we wrote the blog post called 7 Things the Media Gets Wrong about Surrogacy in the United States.

The documentary put together by Elite Daily captured the beauty of surrogacy in a way we haven’t seen from other media outlets. So, when we read through the comments, we were delighted to see everyone’s kind words and support of surrogacy. Since you probably don’t have the time to filter through comments, we did it for you. Wednesday is a good day for a little warming of the heart.

Elite Daily documentary comments:

  • Wow! What an absolutely amazing group of people! It makes me so proud that there are such wonderful, unselfish humans in this world.
  • 🏼GS [gestational surrogate] of 5 here, LOVE this! It’s rare to see the beauty in surrogacy in the media! Surrogacy is profoundly indescribable. ❤️ 
  • You two are both beautiful people who deserve a beautiful family, and that’s exactly what you have! I’m so happy for you.
  • A true blessing all the way around. These babies are so blessed to have [Michael] as a parent. He’s one amazing guy!! 😊
  • This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!
  • Brought tears to my eyes ! Beautiful is an understatement. 😍🙌🏼
  • If only we had a thousand Jennas in this world. So selfless. So beautiful!
  • I have so much respect for the women who act as a surrogate making so many people’s dreams of having children come true and giving life to the babies–that’s amazing!

We hope you enjoyed watching the documentary as much as we did. Thank you for sharing this video and being a part of our amazing community.