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

 

 

First Birthday Celebration!

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We love sharing birth announcements with you. Every now and then, we are lucky enough to receive photos of other special moments—moments after the surrogacy journey is behind our intended parents.

The little bundle of joy pictured above recently celebrated his first birthday with his loving parents. Please join us in wishing him a very happy and healthy year ahead! We hear from his parents that he is curious and outgoing.

We are honored to share in these special moments.

Posts You May Like:
Circle Surrogacy Birth Announcements
Videos from Circle Surrogacy

Recent Posts:
VIDEO – Origin Stories: Talking to Your Child about Being Born Via Surrogate
Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate
VIDEO: Teens Born Via Surrogate Discuss Prejudice
Turning to Japanese Traditions When Grieving a Miscarriage

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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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Amy Smart Welcomes Baby Via Surrogate

 

When public figures share their fertility struggles with us, it signifies progress for our community. Amy Smart’s Instagram post may seem sweet and simple, but it also helps others understand why couples and individuals turn to surrogacy to build their families. More importantly, seeing a happy ending encourages couples who have been struggling.

We did not work with Amy Smart and her husband, Carter Oosterhouse, but we are delighted for them. Not only are we thrilled to hear of their happiness, but we are overcome with joy because we know how much this must mean to them. We see how miraculous it is for a couple, or individual, to finally hold their baby.

Congratulations, Amy and Carter! Thank you for singing your surrogate’s praises. The women who agree to help make parents’ dreams come true are miraculous individuals who deserve all the recognition in the world.

Learn More:

Become a Surrogate: click here | Become an Intended Parent: click here

Birth Announcement! Join Us in Welcoming Baby Zachary from Circle Surrogacy

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Join us in welcoming Baby Zachary! Zachary was born earlier this month weighing in at 7 lbs. and 7 oz. He and his father, John, are happy and healthy. John’s surrogate gave him a wonderful gift.

Circle Surrogacy couldn’t exist without the generosity of surrogates. Baby photos and birth announcements show us how miraculous surrogates are.

We also want to thank John for allowing us to share this collage with you. We are honored every time a parent or surrogate gives us permission to post photos of their journey. These special photos allow us to share in the beauty of the most precious moments of a surrogacy journey.

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If you are interested in learning more about becoming a surrogate, click here.

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: “Where do I start if I want to be a surrogate?” Research (reading this blog) is a great place to start. Doing research helps you pick the right agency for you. Agencies vary considerably. Here are a few points to keep in mind when researching agencies:

Circle Surrogacy is the only agency that promotes the parent-surrogate relationship. We help to facilitate a strong connection between the surrogate and her intended parents. Research has shown that having a strong relationship is what’s best for the child.

Circle Surrogacy also provides the most comprehensive social support of any agency. We offer one-on-one time with a licensed social worker, monthly video chats covering a variety of topics related to journey details, and a private Facebook group. The private Facebook group is a forum where current surrogates get to know one another. It’s also a fantastic way to stay engaged in the community after your journey is over. Many former surrogates help current surrogates with support and advice. 

For birth announcements, updates, and surrogacy-related news, follow us on Facebook.com/CircleSurrogacy!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, click here. ]

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.

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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Circle Surrogacy Reunion in Oslo, Norway!

Last week Brett Griffin-Young (International Outreach Associate) and Dean Hutchison (Director of Legal Services) hosted a reunion for Norwegian parents who have had their families with us. Take a look below to see some of the beautiful photos snapped and hear from Brett about this wonderful event.

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Brett with the Circle Surrogacy Cake!

Brett: It was a pleasure and a privilege for me to travel to Oslo, Norway to reunite with some of our Norwegian parents. To me, the best part of my role at Circle Surrogacy is getting to meet up with our parents at various stages of their journey and know that I have helped in a small way to create their families. And, of course, I get to cuddle babies! To see the (exhausted!!) beaming faces of people whose dreams have come true is a unique and amazing experience. To talk with those who are waiting for babies to be born and feel their excitement building… And to those who are waiting to be matched with their surrogate to share in the nervous anticipation of the exciting path ahead! I have made many good friends through the common ground of surrogacy all around the world, and Norway is no exception!

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Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services Dean Hutchison is our grill master here and abroad.

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In addition to mingling, guests had lots of delicious food on hand to enjoy!

circle surrogacy reunion in Oslo, Norway

Delicious sashimi from Norway!

Circle Surrogacy Parents Featured in the Huffington Post!

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Jakob and Johan, who had their daughter Ellen with us at Circle Surrogacy, are an internet sensation. To capture the pregnancy journey and birth of their daughter, they hired photographer Tammy Schmit (Little Leapling Photography). When the Kansas-based photographer posted their album to her Facebook fan page, the post received 2,600 likes, 777 shares, and 128 comments!

From there, the Huffington Post picked up their story along with the photo series. The post from September 16, 2016 is called These Sweet Birth Photos Show There’s No ‘Right Way’ To Become A Family.

The photos capture a beautiful experience.

Jakob said in the article, “I’ve sort of wanted to become a dad as far back as I can remember, but I almost gave up the dream when I realized that I was gay. Fortunately, I fell in love with Johan who didn’t only share my dream; he was determined to make it come true.”

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a parent through surrogacy, please reach out to us to set up a free consultation. We travel to many major cities all over the world, and we also set up Skype calls if in-person meetings cannot be arranged. Click here to learn more.