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.

9 Steps of The Surrogacy Process

international intended parents Are you ready to embark on your surrogacy journey? To give you a clearer picture of what the process entails, we’ve compiled the 9 steps of the surrogacy journey for intended parents. Over 1000 babies have been born through the following process:

1. Initial Consultation. Most intended parents start their journey with a free consultation that lasts an average of 2.5 hours depending on the agency. At Circle, you’ll meet with our staff by Skype or in person and learn about the programs and options available, the detailed process of matching with a surrogate, the legal process, any insurance issues, the financial implications, and basic medical information. Prior to your consultation, you’ll complete a basic questionnaire and submit photographs that assist our team in tailoring our services to meet your needs.

2. Officially Becoming an Intended Parent. To officially join a surrogacy program, you’ll sign a contract. At Circle, this is called an Agreement for Services. Following that, you are asked to transmit a portion of the fees. Next, you are introduced to your program coordination (PC) team that will guide you through every phase of your journey.

3. Screening and Selection Process for an Egg Donor. Egg donors are young, healthy women between the ages of 21 and 29 who live across the United States. They have had their medical records reviewed by a licensed reproductive endocrinologist and have participated in an intensive social work assessment by a licensed clinician. You can browse our egg donor database, or your program coordinator team can help you to complete an egg donor request form and send you egg donor profiles that match your preferences. Once chosen, your egg donor undergoes psychological testing. Some intended parents choose to bring their own egg donors, who might be family members or friends. [Read more…]

Send Us Your Photos!

surrogate mother pregnacnyThe surrogacy journey is packed with unforgettable moments along the way. Whether it is the IP-Surrogate meetings, pregnancy stages, the birth, or post-birth moments, surrogacy is a special process. Here at Circle, we cherish each and every step of the journey, and we would love to see pictures from our surrogates and IPs!

Surrogates, send us pregnancy photos! We want to keep up with your progress and share it with other surrogates, IPs, and friends.

Intended Parents, send us your baby photos! We want to see those cute family photos you have taken over the course of your journey.

We love to not only see the happiness and joy that surrogacy brings to our surrogates and IP, but also to share it with the world through our social media accounts.

If you would like to have your photos featured on our blog, Facebook, or Instagram, please send your snapshots to bmanning@circlesurrogacy.com, and be sure to follow us on social media to see other beautiful surrogacy journeys!

Surrogacy Pregnancy vs. Traditional Pregnancy

What’s the difference between surrogacy pregnancy and traditional pregnancy?

They’re actually very similar. A surrogate pregnancy is a pregnancy like any other, where the end result is bringing life into the world. Both are filled with the excitement of kicks in your belly, and some of the less exciting things too (we’re talking to you, morning sickness). As in a traditional pregnancy, a surrogate receives the support of family and friends. But in addition, she gets to help build someone’s family and receive the constant support of her intended parents throughout the process.

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The history of surrogacy  goes back to biblical times, but with the advancement of technology and advances in reproductive medicine, the vast majority of today’s surrogacy arrangements involve gestational surrogacy. This is an arrangement that involves the transfer of an embryo created through in vitro fertilization using an egg from a donor or an intended mother and sperm from an intended father or a sperm donor. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred into a surrogate in order to achieve pregnancy.

Becoming a surrogate is a unique process from applying, screening, matching, to completing IVF. But the medical experience of pregnancy is like any other. There are doctor visits and special attention to health, only this time the surrogate and the intended parents will use this time to build their relationship.

The level of contact depends on what both the surrogate and intended parents are comfortable with. With our intended parents living both in the United States and abroad, this could include emails, phone calls, Skyping, or an occasional visit. The intended parent(s) plan to be there for the delivery as well, ensuring constant support every step of the way. More information about working with intended parents can be found on our surrogates FAQs page.

So while a surrogacy pregnancy will be not much different than a traditional pregnancy, a surrogate will have multiple support teams there for her. She’ll have her own support team (her significant other, friends, and/or family), as well as the intended parent(s), and our team here at Circle (consisting of program coordinators and social workers). Our agency takes many steps to ensure a comfortable surrogacy journey for both intended parents and surrogate.

A surrogacy pregnancy is a journey and a rewarding experience where a woman can give an incredible gift to those wanting a child. It’s a pregnancy with a large support group, and a chance to help someone create the family they’ve always wanted.

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Medical Breakthrough: Woman Gives Birth after using her own Frozen Ovary

Woman gives Birth using her own Frozen Ovary It was reported earlier this month in the journal Human Reproduction that a woman at the age 28, has given birth using her own cryopreserved ovary. The medical breakthrough took place in Belgium, where she gave birth to a baby boy this past Fall.

The young woman was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of five, her condition worsening, and at the age of 13 she was in need of a bone marrow transplant. In order to prevent rejection of the new tissue, chemotherapy or radiation is used before this procedure, which often leaves patients infertile as their ovaries may permanently stop producing eggs. Before chemotherapy doctors extracted her right ovary and froze fragments of the tissue.

Later, at the age of 25, the young woman wanted to start a family. Fifteen small tissue samples from her frozen ovary were thawed and four were grafted on to the remaining left ovary, which had atrophied. The eleven other fragments were surgically put under the skin and around the abdomen.

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5 Questions to Ask When Becoming a Parent through Surrogacy

becoming a parent through surrogacy People often consider pursuing an independent surrogacy and going through the process without the help of an agency. But often intended parents realize that, in the end, pursuing surrogacy without the experience and assistance of experts can be a real headache and sometimes cost more than going it alone.

A full-service agency, like Circle, has everything under one roof, including:
•A legal team that can draft and negotiate contracts. Further, they make sure you’re abiding by the correct laws and procedures of the states and/or specific countries involved, help ensure you can bring your child(ren) home without issues, and make sure your parental rights are secure.
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Surrogacy Information and Upcoming Events 2015

We are excited for a new year of helping couples and individuals start their families. And that means more cities to visit and new people to meet. While we are based in Boston, Circle works hard to reach intended parents in various locations of the world. Check out where we are headed in the next few months as well as our online information sessions.

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Year in Review: The Top Surrogacy Stories from Every Month in 2014

Year in Review From the wave of marriage equality sweeping the United States and the heartbreaking stories out of Thailand, to a European court decision paving the way for less restrictive policies across the continent, it has been a very busy year in the surrogacy world. As the number of intended parents choosing surrogacy has grown, we’ve seen legal barriers to the practice fall down, as countries recognize that children should be protected regardless of how they are brought into the world. We have also seen the need for more conversations, more regulation, and more screening to make sure that we not only continue to help childless parents create families, but that we do so while protecting the best interests of their children or future children.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories we saw in 2014.

January: Kansas Lawmaker Drops Bill Banning Surrogacy
After asking the Kansas Senate Public Health Committee to consider a bill that would ban surrogacy and mirror the outdated legislation of the District of Columbia (where surrogacy is illegal), a state senator dropped her plans to criminalize the practice after facing backlash.

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Top 8 Circle Surrogacy Blog Posts of 2014

It’s been a wonderful year for Circle Surrogacy. We have been privileged to help bring more than 150 babies into the world this year. To wrap up 2014, we’ve compiled a list of blog posts that have helped spread the word about surrogacy and have attributed to our growth in readership. Without further ado, here are the eight most-read blog posts of 2014.

1. Circle Attends OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults

The “OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults” is the only conference of its kind to address the needs of young adult cancer survivors under age 40. The seventh annual event brought together survivors, caregivers, and advocates to address common quality-of-life issues that affect this age group, such as body image, dating, employment, and cancer-related infertility. Over three days in Las Vegas, Nevada, the conference (presented by Stupid Cancer) highlighted speakers, had breakout sessions, and gave attendees the opportunity to network, professionally and socially. Read More

 

 

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2. 7 Don’ts of Planning a Surrogacy for Intended Parents

If you’re reading this, you most likely are researching surrogacy and all that it entails. And while you’re probably still learning the ins and outs of the process, there are some things you should know that may not pop up in your next Google search.

As we want you to be fully informed as intended parents, we’ve gathered a list of the top things to avoid when planning a surrogacy. Read More

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New Parents through Surrogacy Share Their Story

You hear about people becoming parents through surrogacy, but don’t often get a first-hand account of it all. Luckily the Marsolis share a candid account of their journey. Take a look into their lives and surrogacy with You Can’t Make this Sh*T Up (loving the title!).

Part 1: The Marsolis Went Down to Georgia

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Part 2: The Birth of Our Son

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